Domestic violence law up for discussion

SUNSHINE Coast residents have a chance to provide input on a proposal to tackle domestic and family violence.

Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie said a consultation paper released by the LNP allowed discussion to begin on a proposed scheme modelled on the United Kingdom's Clare's Law, currently being trialled in New South Wales.

He said Clare's Law allowed access to vital information about someone's violent past and crimes.

"I'm urging local residents to get involved in the consultation process and provide their feedback," Mr Bleijie said.

"The time is right for the Sunshine Coast community to be part of a meaningful conversation about the scourge of domestic violence.

"Only by working together, can we develop effective policy to lead the way in stamping out this insidious crime."

Clare's Law was initially set up in the United Kingdom after a woman named Clare Wood was murdered by her former partner.

In the course of the investigation it was discovered he had a violent past that had it been known by the victim or her family may have saved her life.

It means a person, their friends or family members who had a concern about his or her partner, would be able to make an application to the police for information on whether that person has a history of domestic violence or sexual offences.

To provide feedback complete an online form at www.clareslawqld.com.


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