Domestic violence laws to get COAG consent

DomesticViolenceCanberra [AAP & other sources]

Women and children fleeing domestic violence across state borders will get increased protection under changes likely to be approved by the nation’s leaders.

The issue will be high on the agenda when Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets state and territory counterparts for a Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra on Friday.

The federal government wants a legal framework in place by the end of the year to make domestic violence orders enforceable nationwide.

State and territory leaders have told the ABC they support the measure in principle.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said his government will participate.

‘We think there is some sensible co-operation that could protect women from violence, from partners that might have criminal records from other jurisdictions … or criminal intelligence from other jurisdictions that may be useful to be shared to be protective of women,’ Mr Weatherill said.

See more on the ABC website.

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