It is clear that further reform is required as the scourge of domestic violence continues to affect the lives of countless Australians.
A domestic violence disclosure scheme is being currently trialled in NSW, and a similar pilot is due to start in South Australia in October.
The schemes are based on Clare’s Law, which was introduced in England and Wales 2014 after the murder of British woman Clare Wood, who was unaware of her partner’s violent criminal past. Scotland and New Zealand followed suit the following year.
In the first 12 months of Clare’s Law, there were 3760 applications for disclosure of a partner’s violent past, of which 1335 were granted.
The scheme has been considered successful.
So should all Australians fearful they might be at risk of family violence have the right to confidentially access their partner’s criminal record?
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