Family violence remains the primary “law and order” issue in Victoria: police are called to an incident in this state every seven minutes, according to Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.
Through a forensic process, the 2015 royal commission produced an exhaustive set of recommendations to tackle the “wicked” problem (as Commissioner Marcia Neave described it).
The biggest sticking point
The most significant difference between the two major parties is their approach to the royal commission’s recommendations. “We need to move away from a new approach every term of government. We won’t address those family-violence related murders that way,” Ms McCormack says.
Both parties have pledged to introduce mandatory sentencing to tackle violent crime.
The Liberals have backed a call from Victoria Police to create a new strangulation offense for family violence and sexual offenders, with perpetrators to get a six-year minimum jail term. Labor hasn’t condemned the idea.
The Liberals are backing a police push for powers to serve intervention orders on the spot when called to a family violence incident.
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