Liberals Pledge New Domestic Violence Laws If Elected

New disclosing scheme

Liberals Pledge New Domestic Violence Laws If Elected Pexels

People at risk of domestic abuse should be able to ask police if their partner has a violent criminal history, Victoria's Liberal-National opposition says.

It's proposing a so-called Family Violence Disclosure Scheme that would allow someone to apply to find out whether their current or former partner has past convictions involving personal violence or beaches of apprehended domestic violence orders.

The opposition on Monday pledged to introduce the scheme, based on a similar model in the UK, if it wins the November state election.

"This plan will save lives and protect many, many people, particularly women," Opposition leader Matthew Guy said in a statement.

The scheme would be trialled across six local government areas - Casey, Greater Geelong, Whittlesea, Hume, Frankston and Wyndham.

The idea was previously raised by Victoria Police in a submission to the state's family violence royal commission.

The UK scheme is known as "Clare's law", which was brought in after the 2009 murder of 36-year-old Clare Wood by her ex-boyfriend.

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