Attorney-General Martin Pakula today introduced legislation to begin the process of ensuring domestic violence orders made in Victoria can be enforced Australia-wide.

The Bill cements a commitment made during the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) last year to help establish a National Domestic Violence Order scheme.

The National Domestic Violence Order Scheme Bill 2016 will mark the first step towards ensuring Victorian domestic violence orders can be included in a future national database and enforced across the country.

The database would also have the effect of allowing domestic violence orders made in other states or territories to be enforced in Victoria.

Under the proposed legislation, police in Victoria will also be given expanded powers to enter and search a property without a warrant if they form a reasonable belief that a person is at the property in breach of a DVO made in another state or territory.

Police would also be able to use expanded powers to detain a person for the purpose of serving a family violence intervention order or family violence safety notice.

Plans to develop the future national database are being developed by the Commonwealth Government.

Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula

“Family violence is a scourge on our community – the Andrews Labor Government is doing everything it can to protect victims and hold perpetrators to account.”

“This is the first step in ensuring domestic violence orders made in Victoria can be enforced in other jurisdictions, and that their orders can also be enforced in this state.”

“This will help ensure victims of family violence can be automatically protected across Australia, regardless of where their order was issued, and perpetrators can be brought to justice.”

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