Implement a National Domestic Violence Perpetrator Register.
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This is a petition to ask for changes to be made to the domestic violence laws in Australia. We believe that changes need to be made at local and national levels, because often the victims of domestic violence are at risk of murder or suicide.
One of the first things we can do is start a national register for perpetrators who are charged and found guilty of domestic violence crimes and abuse. This is what we are asking for: a national register similar to a sexual offenders register.
As domestic violence is a growing epidemic and perpetrators are able to continue their patterns after punishment has been served (in the cases where punishment was implemented), it creates a concerning situation of more victims being created. If perpetrators of violence and abuse against their partners were put on a national register, women (and other potential victims) would be able to look them up before beginning relationships. They would be able to protect themselves financially, physically, and emotionally. They would be able to protect their current or future offspring. This will have positive impacts on society at large: the national register will positively impact the health sector, the education sector, and the welfare sector.
Survivors of domestic violence and abuse are often forced to rebuild their entire lives and often require ongoing therapy after being diagnosed with anxiety, depression and/or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Victims often feel as if they have no voice. As survivors of domestic violence and abuse, we have started this petition is a way to empower victims. By the courts naming perpetrators on a register, we can assist others by allowing them to view the registry and protect themselves against known offenders. We believe this will reduce the amount of victims that will be affected over time.
Thank you for your interest in our cause. Let’s make Australia a safer place!
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