Domestic violence initiative gets praise from Labour, Greens

  • 05/08/2015
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(Photo: iStock)

Labour and the Greens are praising the government for proposing sweeping changes to domestic violence laws but there are concerns about whether there'll be adequate funding.

Justice Minister Amy Adams laid out her ideas in a discussion paper today.

They include new offences and mandatory arrests for anyone reported to be breaching a protection order.

Labour's associate justice spokesman Kelvin Davis says it's a major step forward but doesn't address funding issues.

"There must be resourcing to ensure prosecution occurs," he said.

"There are also big issues around legal aid - in the past two years 350 people who applied for legal aid to take out protection orders were refused it."

The Green Party's Jan Logie says reform is overdue and she's welcoming Ms Adams' initiative.

"Successive reports for decades have been telling us our current system has been failing women and children," she said.

"Establishing standalone family violence offences could be a really useful tool for those working to combat domestic violence."

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