Family violence on radar

IPSWICH residents have been urged to have their say to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland.

Shadow Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Tracy Davis, has released a consultation paperthat allows discussion to begin on a proposed scheme modelled on the United Kingdom's Clare's Law, currently being trialled in New South Wales.

"Clare's Law allows access to vital information about someone's violent past and crimes," Ms Davis said.

"It means a person, their friends or family members who have a concern about his or her partner, would be able to make an application to the police for information on whether that person has a history of domestic violence or sexual offences."

Clare's Law was initially set up in the United Kingdom after a woman named Clare Wood was murdered by her former partner. In the course of the investigation it was discovered he had a violent past that had it been known by the victim or her family may have saved her life.



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