This issue paper introduces the topic of the criminal law response to criminal behaviour perpetrated within a domestic relationship for legal debate.
It aims to identify how the law currently regulates and protects those in domestic relationships from criminal behaviour and whether there is a need for law reform.
The issue paper aims to stimulate debate, explore proposals for law reform and serve as a basis for further deliberation.
Following the issue paper, the SALRC will publish a discussion paper setting out its preliminary recommendations, and draft legislation if necessary. The discussion paper will take into account the public response to the issue paper, and will test public opinion on possible solutions identified by the SALRC.
The deadline for comments is Monday, 28 February 2022. Comments can be emailed to Ms D Clark at [email protected].
- The Issue Paper can be accessed here.
- The SALRC’s media statement can be accessed here.
- The Domestic Violence Act Amendment Bill can be accessed here.
Please note: The information contained in this note is for general guidance on matters of interest, and does not constitute legal advice. For any enquiries, please contact us at [email protected].