IT WILL be mandatory for Queensland magistrates to consider ouster conditions that allow domestic violence victims to remain in the home, while forcing the perpetrator to leave, as part of new laws passed by State Parliament today.
Minister for Women and Communities Shannon Fentiman said safety was paramount, but it was right that victims remain in their home where it is safe for them to do so.
"Often the chance to remain near their children's schools and support networks within their community can make all the difference for victims of violence as they try to rebuild their lives," Ms Fentiman said.
"Magistrates will continue to have discretion about whether or not an ouster condition excluding a perpetrator from a home is made.
"Services for victims, including risk assessments and appropriate security upgrades, are essential to support the making of ouster conditions and to maintain victims' safety."
The government is investing $1.38 million this financial year for 11 services across Queensland to undertake improvements to home security of victims of domestic and family violence.
All of the legislative amendments were recommendations of the Not Now, Not Ever report.
For more information on ending violence, go to communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/end-domestic-and-family-violence.