Tougher laws for repeat DV

REPEAT domestic violence offenders will be exposed under tougher laws passed in Queensland Parliament.

Specific notations will be made on a person's criminal history for domestic violence-related offending.

Also, penalties for breaching domestic violence orders have risen. First-time breaches of DVOs were increased to three years jail and subsequent breaches to five years jail.

Victims will be given special witness status when giving evidence in court.

An independent Family and Domestic Violence Death and Advisory Review Board will be established to help identify systemic issues in services delivered to victims.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the legislation sent a clear message that offenders would be held to account.

"We are taking action on this national crisis," she said.

"However, these laws are just a small part of Queensland's wide-ranging response to the scourge of domestic and family violence.

"We made it clear we will accept all 121 of the 140 recommendations identified for government action in Dame Quentin Bryce's Not Now, Not Ever report."

The new laws have been passed not long after the NSW Government announced it would implement a domestic violence disclosure scheme, shining a light on all offenders.

University of Queensland's Dr Deborah Walsh (has previously urged the Sunshine State to follow suit.

"I was a domestic violence support practitioner for 17 years and there was a situation I can vividly recall, which to me was soul-destroying," she said.

"I worked with the third victim of the same perpetrator and what I observed was the offender becoming more sophisticated over time in the abuse and violence he used.

"While the lives of women were left shattered and domestic violence services tried to pick up the pieces, he kept moving on to other partners."

- APN NEWSDESK



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