Friday, November 6, 2009

Australia: Domestic Violence

From ABC News Online:
A women's advocacy group has called for mandatory reviews into deaths which occur as a result of domestic violence.

A Perth man has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a 26 year minimum for murdering his former partner.

The woman had taken out numerous violence restraining orders against him.

The victim's family says she had complained to police about his behaviour less than two days before her death, and they feel let down by the authorities.

Angela Hartwig from the Womens Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services says without tougher penalties and a more consistent approach to enforcing the restraining orders they will not be effective.

The Premier, Colin Barnett, has flagged tougher enforcement of violence restraining orders.

Mr Barnett says the Attorney General is reviewing the application and enforcement of violence restraining orders.

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