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SA to crack down on domestic violence laws

South Australia Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has announced the state government has drafted new legislative measures in a bid to decrease the prevalence of domestic and family violence. 

user iconEmma Musgrave 23 July 2018 Politics
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In an official announcement, the A-G confirmed that the state government has commenced work on new laws to crack down on the offences.

The new legislative measures being drafted 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,” Ms Chapman's statement explained.


“The state government will work tirelessly to end the scourge of domestic and family violence in our community,” she added.

“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.”