Campaigners against domestic violence have welcomed WA Labor's election promise to trial electronic monitoring of offenders.

While the Liberal party also proposes to monitor offenders, under Labor's plan victims will carry a portable receiver that will alert them if the perpetrator comes too close.

Labor leader Mark McGowan says he will also increase the maximum prison sentence given to offenders if the party wins government.

Angela Hartwig from the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services says the Barnett Government hasn't done enough to protect women.

"In terms of actually putting in place things such as the electronic monitoring system which will be regulated, it'll be trialled and evaluated that's the sort of initiatives we need in this state," she said.

"I think to date there's been a clear reluctance by this government to hold perpetrators accountable.

"There seems to be a lot of focus on diversionary programs but in terms of actually putting in place things such as the electronic monitoring system, that's the sort of thing we need in this state."

The Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper says the Government has approved the drafting of new legislation that would allow repeat domestic violence offenders to be tracked.

 

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