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Analysis of domestic violence laws in Australia

A new Federal Government report has found significant differences across Australia in (1) maximum penalties for contravening a domestic violence order; (2) approaches to counselling and rehabilitation programs; and (3) police obligations to take action where domestic violence is suspected

In addition, overlaps and potential gaps have been identified between the “Family Law Act 1975” and State and Territory domestic violence protection orders.

The report was commissioned to inform development of the Federal Government’s “National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women”.

Report (June 2009 released 22/09/09) from Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Media Release (22/09/09) from Australia. Minister for the Status of Women