Automatic arrest for breaching a protection order?

Stuff reports:

The paper suggests beefing up , requiring police to make an arrest every time there is a breach rather than exercise discretion.

Adams said this may be “contentious”. Breaching a protection order carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail.

“We don’t want to shy away from making big change just because it is a little unsettling,” she said. “There is …a concern amongst some that protection orders are not taken seriously enough and I worry that if victims don’t have confidence that [they] will be enforced then they are less likely to report violence.”

I don’t think protection orders are taken seriously enough, and far too often they get ignored, and then someone is killed.

The knowledge that if you break an order, you will be arrested no ifs or buts,  would be a welcome deterrent.

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