SYDNEY – Australian women will be able to check if their new boyfriends have a history of violence, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
The New South Wales (NSW) government will start a male domestic violence offender register which will be able to be accessed by anyone.
NSW will be the first state in Australia to get a domestic violence register, set up after 23 women were killed in NSW last year by violent partners.
“Domestic and family violence remains one of the biggest challenges to the welfare of women and children in NSW,” NSW Premier Mike Baird told a press conference on Friday.
“The disclosure scheme is a simple but powerful measure that provides people with the chance to find out if their partner has a violent past, and empowers decision-making about the future of relationships.”
More than 29,000 domestic assaults were reported in NSW last year. – Bernama