Family and Domestic Violence

Greens welcome tenancy law changes to support victims of domestic violence

Greens spokesperson for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed the passage of amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act which aim to reduce barriers to victims of domestic violence seeking safe accommodation.

“These important amendments enable a domestic violence victim to change locks and to implement security measures without first seeking approval, and to leave a tenancy without facing the prospect of having to pay compensation to the lessor,” said Ms Xamon.

ANNUAL SILENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MEMORIAL MARCH

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [5.23 pm]: I rise tonight to acknowledge that tomorrow is the Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March, which is held every year and which I know a number of members in this place and the other place attend every year. I have been going for many, many years. For those members who may not be aware, the memorial march is held to commemorate and honour people who have died over the past 12 months from family and domestic violence–related incidents.

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