The NSW Attorney General is reviewing the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007.
The aim of the review is to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.
A copy of the Act can be accessed at NSW Legislation
A Discussion Paper detailing issues for consideration in the review is available here. It would be of assistance if submissions referred to the issues set out in the Discussion Paper, however submissions are not limited to these issues.
Making a submission
The Department of Attorney General and Justice invites interested individuals and organisations to make written submissions to the review.
Submissions may be sent via post to The Director, Criminal Law Review, Department of Attorney General and Justice, GPO Box 6, Sydney NSW 2001 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions may be referred to in the final report or be made publicly available unless you advise that you wish for all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential.
The closing date for submissions is 18 November 2011.
Secretary of the Shared Parenting Council saidThis is the iniquitous Act passed by Labor when they came into power for the last time in 2007. It requires readers to review the particular sections and make comments. Of interest is the Objects section of the act that sets out the intent.
(3) In enacting this Act, Parliament recognises:
(a) that domestic violence, in all its forms, is unacceptable behaviour, and
(b) that domestic violence is predominantly perpetrated by men against women and children, and
© that domestic violence occurs in all sectors of the community, and
(d) that domestic violence extends beyond physical violence and may involve the exploitation of power imbalances and patterns of abuse over many years, and
(e) that domestic violence occurs in traditional and non-traditional settings, and
(f) the particularly vulnerable position of children who are exposed to domestic violence as victims or witnesses, and the impact that such exposure can have on their current and future physical, psychological and emotional well-being, and
(g) that domestic violence is best addressed through a co-ordinated legal and social response of assistance and prevention of violence
There is some work to be done to improve this Act and to reduce the incidences of AVO's used for leverage in Family Law matters