GET INVOLVED: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett has welcomed the opportunity for local residents to have their say on a plan to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland.
GET INVOLVED: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett has welcomed the opportunity for local residents to have their say on a plan to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland. Contributed

Would you want to know your partner's dark past?

COMMUNITY members are invited to have their say on a plan to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland, which would allow people to access information about their partner's violent past.

The LNP has released a consultation paper on a proposed scheme modelled on the United Kingdom's Clare's Law, currently being trialled in New South Wales.

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Clare's Law was initially set up in the United Kingdom after a woman named Clare Wood was murdered by her former partner. In the course of the investigation it was discovered he had a violent past that, had it been known by the victim or her family, may have saved her life.

If introduced, a person, their friends or family members who had a concern about his or her partner, would be able to make an application to the police for information on whether that person has a history of domestic violence or sexual offences.

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett urged local residents to get involved in the consultation process and provide their feedback.

"Sadly, Edon Place Women's Domestic Violence Service is seeing a significant increase in domestic and family violence over the past couple of years," he said.

"The time is right for the Bundaberg and Burnett community to be part of a meaningful conversation about the scourge of domestic violence."

Edon Place Service Director Lyne Booth said services could only benefit from locals getting involved and having their say in the consultation process.

"Edon Place has experienced an increase in client numbers utilising the services available to them and the clients' safety is paramount," she said.

But Ms Booth said she was really interested to see the results from NSW's trial and how it could be implemented here.

So far this financial year there have been 478 Domestic Violence Applications made throughout the region but Ms Booth said that figure was not the whole story.

"Not everyone we help wants to take out a DVO", she said.

"Our services also help those who need accommodation or undertake a program so it's hard to get an exact figure. But I know we are run off our feet and are busier than ever before."

The consultation paper is a follow up to the work of the Not Now, Not Ever report from Dame Quentin Bryce.

To provide feedback visit http://www.clareslawqld.com.



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