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(AUSTRALIA) SA Government Report: Looking at introducing a scheme that would require police to tell people at risk of domestic violence about the history of their potential partner or current partner #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.05: It is also looking at introducing a domestic violence offenders register that would be similar to a sex offenders register:

SA government proposes moves to expose domestic violence offenders’ history to partners: ‘The moves comes after the death of baby Kobi Shepherdson, who was killed when her father jumped off the Barossa Valley’s Whispering Wall with her attached to him last month’

Court documents revealed he had a history of domestic violence against the nine-month-old’s mother as well as previous offences in Western Australia: Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said the “Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme” would build on a previous move that allowed people to enquire about their partner’s or potential partner’s domestic violence history.

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A former domestic violence victim, who only wants to be known as LJ, supports the domestic violence initiatives proposed by the state government.(ABC News)
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Attorney-General Vickie Chapman at the announcement today.(ABC News)

Police officers would have to contact a person they believed was at risk as a result of domestic violence, rather than waiting to be asked:

“We will leave nothing off the table,” Ms Chapman said.

“We can’t have a tragic death of little Kobi and others around the country which are from time to time brought into our consciousness … so we must continue to look at new initiatives, look at those that work around the country and implement those.”

People on the proposed domestic violence offenders register would have to disclose to a partner or potential partner that were on the list, which would include if they were subject to an intervention order.

“It’s a new initiative but certainly something we have to have a look at,” Ms Chapman said.

“We just can’t leave any stone unturned.”

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Kobi Shepherson was killed by her father.(Supplied: SA Police)

An Adelaide mother of two, who only wanted to be known as LJ, said she supported the proposals.

“Any measures that are made that will increase women’s and children’s safety or positive outcomes for growth after trauma can only be a good thing,” she said.

“We’ve certainly got a long way to go as an Australian culture — regardless of which party is in government — but it’s just great to see that at least people are starting to have the conversation and listen to the voices of people that can no longer be heard through the tragedies of domestic violence.”

The 45-year-old said a domestic violence offenders register may have helped prevent her from being “brutally traumatised by domestic violence” until four years ago.

“I think that any information that can empower a woman to know more about someone who is a potential perpetrator of violence is invaluable,” she said.

Opposition domestic violence prevention spokeswoman Katrine Hildyard said the government should support legislation Labor had before parliament to act on domestic violence quickly.

Measures proposed by Labor include tougher penalties for breaching intervention orders and criminalising coercive control.

The government’s initiatives, along with others to further link up state registers, will be discussed at a ministers’ meeting on Wednesday.

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