Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast has applauded the recently gazetted Family Protection Act, saying he is very pleased that the law is now enforced.
Passed in 2014 and gazetted on 1st April this year, the Act seeks to provide for the protection of families from domestic violence and to promote the safety, health and wellbeing of victims of domestic violence and for related purposes.
Mr. Prendergast says he was very pleased that the Act is now in force as it gives authorities new powers to deal with domestic violence.
“I am very pleased that the Act is now in force, it gives the police and other agencies much more responsibility and new powers in the area of preventing and dealing with family violence. Importantly, it shifts the focus of what the Police and other agencies need to do to protecting the victim and indeed gives the victims the right to demand that sort of protection from the authorities.”
SIBC News understands, the Family Protection Act 2014 was officially launched by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare this afternoon.