Domestic violence victims in NSW will get better protection under the new laws. The NSW Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) scheme will be changed to enhance women’s safety.

Criminal offences like coercing, controlling or causing a person to fear for their safety will be regarded as a domestic violence case, reported The Australian.  

The changes which will be introduced into Parliament today by Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton and they will give the courts more power to impose an ADVO on cases related to coercing, controlling and causing fear in a person’s mind over their safety.

Gabrielle Upton said, “The NSW government’s law holds perpetrators accountable for trying to control their victims through fear and violence.”

Previously, authorities did not have the standard definition of domestic violence and family violence and there was also no standard way of counting numbers of police call-outs to such cases.

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered at South Bank in Brisbane for a candlelight vigil to commemorate those who lost their lives in domestic violence cases. The event was organised to raise awareness about the issue.  The vigil happened just before the announcement of the changes in domestic violence laws.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce, State Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman and Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg had joined former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty for the event, reported ABC.

Batty who lost her son in a domestic violence incident two years ago, said, “”His father took him as a final act of power and control and revenge.”

“There are many words, but nothing is enough. I feel your pain, I know your journey. It isn’t good enough. I look out and I mostly always see women. It’s about time the men started to step up big time. This is not domestic or family violence, this is men’s violence against women,” added Batty.

Reportedly, Australian police deal with around 657 domestic violence cases every day which means there is one report of domestic violence case every two minutes. The data had been provided by police services around the country in a 2015 report by ABC stated.

Previously, the Government launched a 12-year-plan to end domestic violence in 2010. It focused on enhancing the safety of women with additional steps in addressing the mental trauma faced by children who witness violence at home. However, incidents of domestic violence never  ceased. The new laws are the hope of thousands of women who are domestic violence victims.