Police boost promised on domestic violence in South Australia

The South Australian Government says a planned strengthening of domestic violence laws will let police immediately order an abuser away from the victim or the family home.

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson says until now women had to wait until they are assaulted more than once before a court could order a partner to stay away.

He says new legislation will let police serve an abuser with an interim order to keep them from the other party when domestic violence is suspected.

“Some days after the police issue the interim order then the matter will be adjudicated in court,” he said.

“But the safety of women and children, for they are usually the victims, requires immediate action.

“It shouldn’t have to wait upon a hearing in the magistrates court.”

A $900,000 anti-violence educational campaign on TV and radio is being launched in conjunction with the planned changes.

Shadow attorney-general Vickie Chapman has welcomed the Government’s move but says more can be done to head-off the future risk of violence.

“Ensure that women who are who lose their lives – frequently murdered in domestic violence situations – have a death register to ensure that there is a proper investigation in those cases,” she said.

“Some attract a coronial inquiry, many don’t and we want that situation remedied.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/10/2682261.htm?section=justin

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