State Government to strengthen domestic violence laws

The State Government has commenced work on tough new laws to crack down on domestic and family violence.

The suite of legislative measures being drafted by the Marshall Liberal Government includes:

  • Expanding the definition of abuse to include forced marriage, barring a person from entering their home and taking invasive images of a person without their consent;
  • Doubling the penalty for repeated breaches of intervention orders;
  • Creating a new offence for non-fatal strangulation; and,
  • Enabling recordings from body worn police cameras to be used as evidence in domestic violence related trials.

“The State Government will work tirelessly to end the scourge of domestic and family violence in our community,” said Attorney-General Vickie Chapman.

“We have been working with victims and support organisations to ensure we have the best mechanisms in place to deter, detect and punish perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

“Creating these new offences and increasing the penalty for people who repeatedly breach intervention orders will help us protect South Australians from abusive partners.

“There will be an increased likelihood of successfully prosecuting abusive partners by enabling recordings from body worn police cameras to be used as evidence in domestic violence related trials.”

The latest legislative changes will complement measures already put in place by the new State Government including:

  • Holding regular domestic violence roundtable meetings to discuss reforms;
  • Conducting a state-wide trial of a domestic violence disclosure schemewhich will enable people who have concerns about their safety in relation to a current or former intimate partner to apply for information about their partner’s criminal history; and,
  • Expanding crisis accommodation to provide safe places for people who need to leave unsafe living situations.