Make the specific act of Domestic Violence a criminal offence in every state of Australia

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The specific act of Domestic Violence is NOT a criminal offence in any state of Australia....
I bet you are thinking “no, that can’t possibly be right” .... but I assure you - as of this moment, there is not one person sitting in any jail in Australia convicted of committing the crime of domestic violence..... because they can’t be, as it is not a crime in our country.

With 2 women being murdered every 11 days in Australia by current or ex partners ... the problem is not going away and why would it?
What message does it send when we as a country have more of a penalty for catching a fish that is too small than we have for terrorising and destroying your own family or loved ones life? It says we don’t give a damn and we don’t .... and that’s why women are still dying and DV is costing our economy billions each year.... its because we don’t take it seriously.

Violence is violence - it should not matter who the victim is to the perpetrator, why should one act of violence have police take action and arrest and the courts convict while another gets pushed into family court?! What has Violence got to do with family? Nothing - Violence is violence.

Assault is a crime.
Sexual assault is a crime.
But what comes before these with Domestic Violence? .... Psychological, emotional and financial abuse nearly always comes before physical abuse and without any law recognising this pattern of behaviour women (and some men) are trapped ....... unable to go as there is no way to stop the unrelenting torment.....

I DO NOT WANT TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF DEAD WOMEN EACH YEAR .... one day one of them could be my daughter and that’s not good enough!

- I don’t want a free call number to talk about it.
- I don’t want counselling so I can live with it.
- I don’t want 10 days paid DV leave so I can deal with it
- And I don’t want a shelter where I can run and hide from it!

I WANT A LAW TO STOP IT, THE FIRST TIME.

And you can take the VROs or AVOs or FVOs and shove them as frankly, I’m pretty sure a person has been told more than once to STOP what they are doing before it gets to a court - a piece of paper isn’t going to magically make them listen and it provides zero protection!
We don’t give bank robbers written warnings are tell them “now don’t rob that bank again and stay 100m away from it please” ....

WE WANT TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT STOPPING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AUSTRALIA? ��

MAKE IT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE A CRIME ��

It will end a cold day in hell before my 5 year old daughter grows up and gets asked to sign an employment agreement that gives her ten days paid DV leave, right next to maternity and bereavement leave - are we saying as a country we are going to accept DV occurs just like birth and death?! No! ....... it’s not supposed to be this way .... it’s not the lucky country until we are all lucky and equal and we are not, as women are being killed and lives are being destroyed and it’s not a “relationship issue” or “lovers tiff” and it’s nothing to do what to family and everything to do with control and hurt and abuse ........

LETS MAKE DV A CRIMINAL OFFENCE IN EVERY STATE OF AUSTRALIA BY THE END OF 2018......
Nothing else has worked - this is working in the UK and USA ..... one life saved is worth it ........ let’s do this!

Info:
Domestic Violence is rates a mention in the Commonwealth Family Law Act .....
https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Finance_and_Public_Administration/Domestic_Violence/~/media/Committees/fapa_ctte/Domestic_Violence/Report/c09.pdf 
..... then it’s up to the States to legislate and make laws .... and if anyone can make sense of them you’ll be the only one as they make NO SENSE and are totally ineffective:
https://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/4.%20Purposes%20of%20Laws%20Relevant%20to%20Family%20Violence/family-violence-legislation

In the UK and USA the specific act of Domestic Violence is a crime.
The USA has the “violence against women act”
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-22/psychological-abuse-and-family-violence-do-we-need-new-laws/9176508

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lawreport/should-criminal-charges-apply-in-more-domestic-violence-cases/6692442

In the UK coercive and controlling behaviour (emotional and psychological abuse) is also now a crime:

Coercive or controlling behaviour offence:
A coercive or controlling behaviour offence came into force in December 2015. It carries a maximum 5 years’ imprisonment, a fine or both. Victims who experience coercive and controlling behaviour that stops short of serious physical violence, but amounts to extreme psychological and emotional abuse, can bring their perpetrators to justice.
The offence closes a gap in the law around patterns of controlling or coercive behaviour that occurs during a relationship between intimate partners, former partners who still live together or family members”

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-violence-and-abuse#domestic-violence-and-abuse-new-definition



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