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Homicide law reform in Australia: improving access to defences for women who kill their abusers

Crofts, Thomas and Tyson, Danielle 2013, Homicide law reform in Australia: improving access to defences for women who kill their abusers, Monash University law review, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 864-893.

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Title Homicide law reform in Australia: improving access to defences for women who kill their abusers
Author(s) Crofts, Thomas
Tyson, Danielle
Journal name Monash University law review
Volume number 39
Issue number 3
Article ID 8
Start page 864
End page 893
Total pages 30
Publisher Monash University, Faculty of Law
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0311-3140
Keyword(s) homicide
women who kill
defences
law reform
family violence
Summary Over the past three decades, the law of homicide has been the subjectof much academic debate, parliamentary review and various law reform commission reports throughout Australia. Such activity is largely a response to concerns about the availability and operation of the defences to homicide for women who kill in the context of family violence. The law in each state and territory in Australia differs and the issues with which reform bodies are grappling are complex. It is therefore not surprising that different recommendations have been made about how best to produce a more just law of homicide. This article explores some of these reviews and recommendations — particularly in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia — and the reforms that have been planned and implemented. It will reveal that, despite sharing the core concern of improving the access to appropriate defences for women who kill their abusers, reform has been far from consistent across these jurisdictions.
Language eng
Field of Research 160203 Courts and Sentencing
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Faculty of Law, Monash University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084103

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