Lives will be saved

We congratulate the WA Parliament and its respective houses for passing the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018 on 19 February 2019. This Bill has had support by industry and the community services sector. It was developed through long and extensive consultation with the landlords, the real estate industry and community sector.

This Bill has had support by industry and the community services sector. It was developed through long and extensive consultation with the landlords, the real estate industry and community sector. 

See our previous release about the past changes in the Bill here.

This reform is critical to ensure that victims of family or domestic violence have safe and secure housing. The WA Police Force has reported that in the year to September 2018, there have been over 22,000 family violence related offences and over 11,000 breaches of violence restraint orders. Since September 2008, there has been an increase of over 143 per cent alone in family violence assaults. In terms of threatening behaviour in a family violence context, there has been an increase of 175 per cent since September 2008 to September 2018.

Ms Kate Davis, Principal Solicitor at Tenancy WA said “We congratulate the government on delivering the best protections in Australia, for victims of family violence renting their homes. These reforms will help turn around the high rates of homelessness for women and children escaping family violence.”

Ms Angela Hartwig, CEO Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence said “With 28 domestic homicides in the last year, we must do better in ensuring improved outcomes around the safety of women and children. The passing of these policy reforms will demonstrate the whole of Parliament working together around this insidious issue in our society.

“These amendments empower victims to be able to escape perpetrators of violence and protect themselves, which will make a significance difference in reducing further consequences of family and domestic violence. Congratulations to our State MPs for passing this Bill,” said Louise Giolitto, CEO, WACOSS.

CEO Shelter WA, Ms Michelle Mackenzie said “This is a great outcome for people experiencing family and domestic violence to make their home safe. This enables those victims to respond quickly to their personal circumstances and provide them with better safety and housing security.”

We congratulate everyone on the passage of this Bill.

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Media Contacts:

Kate Davis, Principal Solicitor at Tenancy WA, 0422 432 874
Laurene Coller, Communications Officer WACOSS, 0419 316 557
Angela Hartwig, CEO Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence
Michelle Mackenzie, CEO of Shelter WA, 0419 931 819.

1 WA Police Force Crime Statistics, 2018, https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Crime/CrimeStatistics#/ accessed 30 October 2018.
2 Ibid.