(ABC, The Drum, 19 March 2015)
People who do not comply with family violence court orders should be jailed for 24 hours, a former Victorian attorney-general says.
Crime data for 2014 showed an 8 per cent increase in family violence and, for the first time, half of the stalking crimes were related to family violence.
Former Victorian attorney-general Rob Hulls, the director of RMIT's Centre for Innovative Justice, said perpetrators needed to be held responsible.
The centre sent a report to the Federal Attorney-General, calling for a range of measures to stop family violence.
Mr Hulls said the idea of sending a perpetrator to jail for 24 hours known as "flash incarcerations" gave the courts more power to deal with offenders.
"It sends a message to the perpetrator that the more you escalate your breach of intervention order, the more likely you are to be dealt with very rapidly by the court," he said.