What safety measures are available to victims of domestic violence?

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Henrietta Cook reports that not-for-profit organisation, Safe Futures Foundation, is trialling new safety measures with a handful of domestic violence victims throughout Melbourne.

The trial sees victims equipped with duress alarms and the installation of CCTV cameras in their homes.

Safe Futures Foundation indicated that part of the difficulty in prosecuting offenders is the lack of evidence. Typically, when a report of domestic violence is made, the evidence comes down to what the woman alleges versus what the man alleges, leaving the courts little basis to reach a conviction. According to Safe Futures Foundation, the installation of CCTV cameras in the homes of domestic violence victims would act as a deterrence as most offenders do not want criminal charges.

Robert Clark, Attorney-General, was in support of proposals to address family violence, though highlighted the fact that Victorian courts can currently order offenders to wear electronic tracking devices to monitor their movements.


Domestic violence victims begin warning system trial backed by victoria police

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