Victims of family violence granted faster access to protection

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New laws that came into effect on Sunday now grant police the power to issue family violence intervention orders 24/7 in a bid to afford greater protection to victims of family violence.

Previously, police were only able to issue on-the-spot intervention orders for incidents that occurred outside business hours. For incidents occurring during business hours, victims had to obtain protection through a direct application to the court.

Further, the length of protection provided by these new safety notices increased from a mere 120 hours to five business days.

Attorney-General Robert Clark commented that the previous system in which police were not allowed to issue intervention orders during business hours did not make sense.

Mr Clark stated that the new laws meant that ‘whenever and wherever family violence occurs police will be able to act on the spot to protect victims’.

The new laws also permit victims to ‘name and shame’ attackers who are charged with contravening an intervention order. This is intended to send a clear message to would-be perpetrators that an attack on a family member is just as severe and criminal as an attack against a complete stranger.


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Rowan Skinner is a highly skilled family lawyer with over 35 years of experience across various legal roles and jurisdictions. Rowan specialises in resolving family law disputes such as divorce, financial settlements, child custody and domestic violence cases. Through his diverse and extensive experience, Rowan has a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances involved in family law. Rowan is a skilled negotiator and litigator who follows a compassionate and client-focused approach which prioritises helping you navigate what can be an emotional and challenging time.