Introduce stringent laws for victims of stalking and violence

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The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that violence against women has been an increasing issue in our world today. Violence against women resulting in death has been increasing. Many of these deaths can be prevented by introducing stringent laws to ensure that victims are protected.


Although there are laws in place and intervention orders can be granted, it is clear that this is not sufficient and more needs to be done. Far too many women have lost their lives at the hands of perpetrators.  


The recent tragic loss of Celeste Manno who had obtained an IVO against her stalker demonstrates that doing everything necessary according to the law for protection is not sufficient. Unfortunately, Celeste Manno will not be the last victim and we need to put an end to this. This cannot be another case that causes an uproar only for it to decline until there is another victim. 
 
The Petitioners, therefore, request that the Premier Daniel Andrews, the Attorney-General Jill Hennessy, Minister for Victim Support Natalie Hutchins, and Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams, act to change the laws to protect victims of stalking.