New domestic violence scheme to protect families across borders

Major changes to DVO system

New domestic violence scheme to protect families across borders

Victims of domestic and family violence will now be better protected after the introduction of the new National Domestic Violence Order Scheme (NVDOS).

The law change has made all domestic violence orders automatically recognised and enforceable in every state and territory.

It comes after DVOs issued in Queensland weren't automatically acknowledged elsewhere.

Gold Coast family law specialist Cassandra Pullos has called it a landmark step in the campaign against DV.

"It’s about making DV offenders fully accountable for their behaviour," she said.

"Prior to 25 November 2017, DVOs applied only in the state or territory where they were issued.

"Now they automatically apply everywhere."

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