Opinion

Money alone won’t fix the DV problem

Robyne Cuerel

IF A court order only has a 50% success rate - as shown with the rate of domestic violence orders being breached on the Fraser Coast - then it's a fair comment to say the system is not working.

Even the term "broken" is a polite way of putting it.

To the victims involved, it might be not just a downright disaster, but a lethal one at that.

There have been too many cases in Australia recently where women have died despite having violence orders taken out against their partners.

The $3.4 million in funding given to domestic violence services on the Fraser Coast is a great start.

Every little bit helps, and the money is going in the right direction - towards increasing court support and offender programs.

However, it's a tiny drop in a very large bucket.

Even if it were more, funding alone will not fix the problem. It needs to be a legislation change.

Rather than being sent back to court for breaching domestic violence orders, where they will face penalties that could be as light as a fine, there needs to be severe consequences.

Going straight to jail, as suggested by Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders, would indeed be a much more effective deterrent.

Next problem: how to fit all of those offenders into our already-crammed prisons.

I suspect the state government will need to look for that magical "money tree".

Topics:  domestic violence, fraser coast




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