Domestic violence affects a significant number of people in our community. We all have a role to play - domestic violence is everybody’s business.
Domestic violence permeates every level of society and endangers people of all backgrounds and experiences. Its terrifying impact on individuals can be psychological or physical and, too often, fatal.
In 2016 there were more than 8,400 reported occasions of domestic violence in South Australia.
Data tells us that victims of domestic violence are predominantly women and their children, with Aboriginal women and girls at an increased risk of experiencing domestic violence.
At the heart of tackling domestic violence is cultural change. Every member of our community can play a role in changing attitudes and breaking down the gender norms and stereotypes that lead to gender-based violence.
New laws allowing for a more coordinated approach to the enforcement of domestic violence orders come into effect from 25 November 2017.
Under the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme, new domestic violence intervention orders issued anywhere in Australia, or new New Zealand domestic violence orders registered anywhere in Australia, are automatically recognised in every state and territory, regardless of where they were issued.
The 2016 ‘Domestic Violence Discussion Paper’ received welcome attention from the sector and the broader community, generating important conversations and resulting in more than 700 responses.
The paper highlighted the extent of domestic violence in our state and encouraged the community to provide its views on this important issue.
The government has outlined a number of reforms and initiatives in response to community and sector feedback on the discussion paper, including proposed changes to some laws.
Main points from the response:
The details and protocols to implement a trial domestic violence disclosure scheme are being explored.
Expiry dates will not be placed on intervention orders.
Legislation will be drafted for consultation on:
- allowing video evidence from an incident to be used at trial
- expanding the circumstances in which domestic violence is an aggravated offence
- expanding the definition of abuse.
Enhancing collection of data to explore whether this can identify serious repeat domestic violence offenders.
Exploring a way to monitor serious repeat domestic violence offenders.
Drafting legislation for consultation amending the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) making it illegal to discriminate against a person on the grounds of being a victim of domestic and family violence.
Feedback was received through a number of channels over six weeks, including:
- online community survey
- online sector survey
- 2-day key partner meeting
- written submissions.