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Defensive homicide: proposals for legislative reform – consultation paper

This consultation paper contains a detailed analysis of the operation of defensive homicide. This includes an examination of the 28 defensive homicide convictions since the introduction of the offence, three of which involved a female accused.

The paper also presents a number of related proposals to improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, including reform of the operation of self-defence and evidence laws. The paper includes draft proposals for possible legislation in this area to assist in consideration of the issues raised.  

Informed by the submissions, the department will provide advice to the Attorney-General about whether reforms should be introduced.

Please note that the submission period for this review is now closed. 

If you have any questions, please call (03) 8684 0873

Please note that this review does not focus on support services for victims of crime and witnesses. If you need help or support, please contact the Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817



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Author: Department of Justice – Criminal Law Review
Publisher: Department of Justice
Date of Publication: October 2013
Copyright: State of Victoria, 2013


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