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South Australia Wants To Set Up A Public Domestic Violence Register

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South Australia Wants To Set Up A Public Domestic Violence Register

South Australia has outlined a new proposal to tackle domestic violence in the state.

The state government has suggested a public register be established in a similar fashion to a public sex offender registry, according to the ABC.

It would allow anyone, particularly potential partners, to look up a person's name to see if they have any history with domestic abuse.

The potential updates to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme would also see South Australian Police notify a person of their partner's history if they believe they're at risk of abuse.

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Under the current rules, authorities have to wait for a person to submit a request for information, which helps them 'make decisions about their safety and the future of the relationship'.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The proposal has been put forward following the murder-suicide of a nine-month-old girl at the Whispering all north of Adelaide.

Kobi Shepherdson was strapped to her dad's chest when he leapt from the 36-metre high tourist attraction last month and was killed.

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Court documents have revealed Kobi's dad had an extensive history of domestic violence against the baby's mother and previous offences in WA.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said they will need to examine all the issues related to the potential updated scheme to see how could work.

"We will leave nothing off the table. 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," she said.

Kobi Shepherdson. Credit: SA Police
Kobi Shepherdson. Credit: SA Police
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"So we must continue to look at new initiatives, look at those that work around the country and implement those.

"It's a new initiative but certainly something we have to have a look at. We just can't leave any stone unturned."

In the updated scheme, people who are on the domestic violence registry would have to disclose to their partner about their prior history so they are fully informed.

That would also include if they were subject to an intervention order, not just convicted of domestic abuse.

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The state's opposition has indicated they will support the measures, however they've urged the government to pass measures that have already been presented to parliament.

Labor has proposed harsher punishments for people who breach an intervention order and making coercive control a criminal offence.

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Topics: Australia

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