Make Domestic Violence a Criminal Act.

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Problem
Domestic violence is having an alarming impact on our community:

• Over 70 women have been killed as a result of domestic violence to date this year. Alarmingly, this number exceeds a report by the AIHW for the Australian Government in February 2018 where it cites the shocking statistic of one woman per week and one man per month killed by a current or former partner in the two years from 2012–14.

• Queensland Police responded to 62,264 domestic violence incidents in 2016-17 alone.

• 1 in 5 (1.7 million) women and 1 in 20 (428,000) men have been sexually assaulted and/or threatened since age 15.

• Intimate partner violence causes more illness, disability and deaths than any other risk factor for women aged 25–44.

POLICE DO NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY POWERS TO PROTECT VICTIMS.
Under current legislation, police are limited in protecting domestic violence victims against further violence. A SIMPLE CHANGE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS will enable police to more effectively protect domestic violence victims.

Solution
We must urgently change Queensland’s domestic violence laws by introducing a Criminal Domestic Violence Offence so that police are able to more effectively protect domestic violence victims.



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