On 7 October 2017, the Government of South Australia outlined its next steps to combat domestic violence in South Australia, including proposed changes to some laws.
It follows extensive community and sector consultation on the ‘Domestic Violence Discussion Paper’ in 2016, which resulted in more than 700 submissions.
The response includes:
* the details and protocols to implement a trial domestic violence disclosure scheme in South Australia being explored
* expiry dates not being placed on intervention orders
* drafting legislation for consultation for:
- allowing video evidence from an incident to be used at trial
- expanding the circumstances in which domestic violence is an aggravated offence
- expanding the definition of abuse
* exploring a way to monitor serious repeat domestic violence offenders
* drafting legislation for consultation amending the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) making it illegal to discriminate against a person on the grounds of being a victim of domestic and family violence.
You can download the government’s response and consultation summaries on the Attorney-General’s Department website.