Queensland Law Society

QLS release domestic and family violence guidelines to assist practitioners

Date 27 Jul 2016
Contact Tony Keim
Phone 07 3842 5835
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email media@qls.com.au

The Queensland Law Society’s Domestic Violence Best Practice Guidelines is a living, breathing document aimed at assisting lawyers in dealing with domestic and family violence, according to QLS president Bill Potts.

Mr Potts said domestic and family violence was clearly a scourge on our community – noting that so far this year 37 women had died as a result of violent attacks.

“One of the things that unites almost every lawyer is that the reason they got into the profession in the first place was to help people,” Mr Potts said.

“But the tools and laws at our disposal are decades, and sometimes centuries, old.

“These guidelines provide solicitors with state-of-the-art tools and strategies to assist when representing clients in the most dire of circumstances.

“I am very proud of the Society members and staff who put their time into making them a reality.”

Mr Potts said every available resource was needed to address the scourge of domestic and family violence and that the new guidelines were one piece in a very large and important puzzle.

“Forty-one brave Australian Defence Force personnel died in the entire Afghanistan war,” he said.

“Almost that many women have died in violent attacks this year alone.

“It cannot be acceptable that it is safer for a woman to go to war than to be in a relationship. This has to stop, and these guidelines are part of the solution.

“I am confident the guidelines will help – just as I am hopeful that they will soon be superfluous.”

QLS released the guidelines in response to the “Not now, not ever" report prepared by former Australian Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce.

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For further information, please contact Tony Keim on 07 3842 5835, mobile 0488 433 884 or via email, media@qls.com.au