Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
The previous Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, created additional legal protection for people in relationships experiencing domestic and family violence, as a violation of their human rights. It expanded the definition of what constitutes an intimate relationship and what constitutes violent behaviour. The Queensland Department of Communities, Child Saftety and Disability Services has provided detailed fact sheets related to different aspects of the legislation.
The Queensland Government recently introduced the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. The Bill ensures that the legislative framework is in place to support the implementation of the recomendations from the "Not Now Not Ever"" report and the Domestic and Family Violence Provention Strategy 2016-226. It will ensure victimes have access to earlier, tailored protection that ensures that victim justice drives the judicial response to violence. The Bill enables a simplified and immediate response from police and magistrates in the protection of women and children escaping violence.