John Gomez

DV perpetrator tracker won’t protect all victims

AN INTERSTATE police tracking system may not help fleeing abused women, who often fear going to officials might reveal their whereabouts.

CQUniversity domestic violence researcher Annabel Taylor said this fear kept some women from going to police.

Associate Professor Taylor said the cross-border policing system Crim-Trac could not help abused women who did not register domestic violence orders.

"They don't want him to know where they are so they don't register an order - why would they?" she said.

Earlier this month the states and territories agreed to recognise each other's intervention orders. Crim-Trac announced earlier in the year it would develop a program to share domestic violence orders nationally.

Prof Taylor said cross-jurisdiction issues were a major area of research for the Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research.

"This issue of cross-border protection goes to the heart of the enforcement of protection orders research we are doing," she said.

"We have reviewed all the jurisdictions in Australia to compare their enforcement legal provisions with a focus on cross-border issues, drawing on experience of police, magistrates, DV advocates and lawyers.

"It is to be hoped that following the introduction of a national protection order scheme, interstate issues will be improved for women ... but there are more issues to this than meet the eye.

"We are also interested in talking to any women who have experienced cross-border DV situations."

The CDFVR website is www.noviolence.com.au.


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