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NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILL INTRODUCED

September 05, 2016

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has thrown her support behind the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme Bill 2016.

The Bill will ensure any Domestic Violence Order (DVO) will be automatically recognised and enforced Australia-wide.

Ms Sheed said this is a very important part of the reform of family violence that has been going on for some time.

 “The Royal Commission into Family Violence has been welcome, and many proposals within the recommendations will lead to a streamlining of the court processes around the obtaining of family violence orders,” she said.

With a background in family law, Ms Sheed said she recognised the importance of such a piece of national Legislation, as the need to manually register an intervention order had been a long-standing issue.

“This will now mean that the order is registered in one place and effectively covers the whole of the country.

“It also means that if you want to vary or extend or change an intervention order in some way you can do it in the place in which you are living.

You will be able to go to your local court in the place where you now live, your intervention order will be registered in that place, and you can seek to have the proceedings dealt with locally where you live,” Ms Sheed said.

The legislation also provides for weapons and firearms to be treated in a similar way across the country.

Ms Sheed recently visited Primary Care Connect in Shepparton.

 “With links such as the Goulburn Valley Family Violence Prevention Network, the staff at Primary Care Connect is building a much-needed support network for victims in the area and I’m so impressed with the work they are doing,” Ms Sheed said.

“Meanwhile, the Government is opening a series of affordable housing in the Shepparton District electorate.

“This is another welcome development, recognising a need identified in the Royal Commission, while also impacting on the huge waiting lists in our community,” Ms Sheed said.

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Sueanne McCumstie 0428 743 880│sueanne.mccumstie@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

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