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Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993



Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993

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Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN R esearch u n d e rtak en du ring 1990 and 1991 by A udrey Bolger and D ebra W hite ind icates w om en in the N orthern Territory are m ore likely to be sub jec ted to violence th a n w om en in o ther A ustra lian S ta tes or Territories. D uring the Violence A gainst Aboriginal W omen S em inar held by the N orthern Territory Police in D arw in in Septem ber 1993, figures were cited w hich show Aboriginal w om en are th irty -th ree tim es m ore likely to be victim s of hom icide th a n o ther A ustra lian wom en. The Sem inar, a tten d ed by senior police, law and com m unity leaders, together w ith a large n u m b er of Aboriginal wom en, som e w ith personal experience of dom estic violence, looked for answ ers to a problem now considered to be of endem ic proportions. The N orthern T erritory G overnm ent is com m itted to p reventing and ultim ately erad ica ting violence ag a in st wom en. As p a r t of its com m itm ent it h a s in troduced a range of p rogram s w hich deal w ith the cau se and effect of violence. Domestic Violence Act 1992 The Domestic Violence A ct w as passed in the November 1992 S ittings of th e Legislative Assembly, and it is an tic ipa ted th a t it will com m ence early in 1994. The Act will provide the sam e protective m easu re s a s Division 8 of P art IV of the Justices Act, w ith the following additions: Recognition o j interstate restraining orders W here a police officer form s the belief th a t a n in te rs ta te res tra in ing order th a t h a s no t been registered in the N orthern Territory is valid, the o rder m ay be enforced for up to 72 h o u rs from the form ation of th a t belief.