November 28, 2014
Domestic Violence Act review planned
The Government’s response to the Glenn Inquiry Report into family violence has been thanks but we’re already working on it.
The report released today included a call for a minister for family violence to coordinate responses to the problem, and reform of the courts to give judges more leeway in finding what happened and developing solutions.
Justice Minister Amy Adams says there are initiatives in place across government to deal with the scourge of family violence, many of which address the issues raised in the report.
She and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley are leading a Ministerial working group to spearhead an all-of-government approach to better protecting victims of family violence.
Officials will report back in February.
Future initiatives include establishing a Chief Victims Advisor, strengthening collaboration between departments, asking the Law Commission to resume its work into sexual violence victims, establishing a nationwide home safety service to help victims who want to leave a violent relationship, and reviewing the Domestic Violence Act 1995.
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