Family Violence Police Holding Powers: Interim Report

The Commission published the Family Violence Police Holding Powers: Interim Report on 15 September 2005.

The interim report recommends:

  • police should have holding (detention) powers in family violence situations
  • police may use such force as is reasonably necessary to detain the perpetrator
  • perpetrators of family violence may only be held while a complaint or intervention order is applied for and served, police are putting in place measures to protect victim/s, and the complaint or intervention order is refused
  • police may not hold perpetrators for longer than 6 hours
  • police may only hold people aged 18 years or older
  • police guidelines on dealing with family violence in newly arrived migrant communities.

For a copy of the report contact the Commission on (03) 8608 7800 or email law.reform@lawreform.vic.gov.au

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