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NSW Opposition Proposes Bail Reform to Combat Domestic Violence

Taking Action: NSW Opposition Proposes Bail Reform to Combat Domestic Violence

In the ongoing battle against domestic violence, the NSW Opposition has taken a significant step forward by proposing the Bail Amendment (Serious Personal Violence and Electronic Monitoring) Bill 2024. Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, expressed his support for this amendment, emphasizing its importance in addressing the broader issue of violence against women.

Crouch highlighted the urgency of the matter, stating, “It is clear that we all need to do more in addressing domestic violence and violence against women, and bail reform is an important component in addressing this.” The proposed legislation aims to amend the Bail Act 2013 with measures designed to strengthen bail laws, ultimately enhancing safety for victims of family and domestic violence.

Key amendments include the expansion of electronic monitoring devices for serious domestic violence charges, broader grounds for halting the release of alleged offenders pending review, and the removal of registrar authority in cases where bail is opposed for serious personal violence charges.

“These sensible amendments are fundamental to ensuring women, children, and their families are protected from offenders on bail,” stated Mr. Crouch. He emphasized the need for bipartisan cooperation in tackling domestic violence, referencing the recent Central Coast Walk for Women as a symbol of unity in addressing this issue.

“Joining my fellow parliamentary colleagues on Sunday signified that we all are committed to, and have a part to play in preventing domestic violence in our communities,” said Crouch. “We’ve made it clear that the Central Coast has zero tolerance to domestic violence, and we will do all we can to stop it.”

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NSW Opposition Proposes Bail Reform to Combat Domestic Violence