In October the NSW Government changed the law to protect and support victims of domestic violence in relation to strengthening Apprehended Domestic Violence (ADVO) orders to crack down on partners who strangle their partners.
These changes complement the $390 million dollars the NSW Government has already committed over the next four years to provide greater protection for men and women in NSW against Domestic Violence.
These changes recognise the fact that partners who strangle their partners are a clear safety risk to society and therefore should be punished accordingly.
Some of the changes include:
1. Courts being directed to consider Domestic Violence holistically to tailor the ADVO to the circumstances of the case including putting in place indefinite ADVOs in severe cases that warrant it.
2. ADVOs will remain in place for two years following the release of an adult offender from Prison unless the Court determines otherwise.
3. The default duration of an ADVO for an adult has been increased from 12 months to 24 months to better align with other Australian jurisdictions.
4. The Police now have additional powers to respond to serious risks to the safety of a victim by strengthening the conditions of an offender’s ADVO at their discretion.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Domestic Violence please contact us today on 4627 3333.
This article was published on 1/11/23 and the information is valid only to the date of publishing. This article should be considered merely general and non-specific on the subject matter and is not and should not be considered or relied on as legal, advice. Meehans Solicitors is not responsible in the event this information is relied upon by the reader in the absence of specific legal advice.