FourFourSeconds ago, we wrote about how Australia has been at the forefront of a cultural shift in how it views the issue of domestic violence.
Now, we’re seeing an attempt to re-invent domestic violence as a feminist issue.
The latest move is a proposed amendment to the Crimes Act.
Under this legislation, domestic violence is not only a crime, but it also counts as a crime under the Australian Criminal Code.
Domestic violence is defined in the Criminal Code as the “continuous, continuing and continued conduct of a person against the person of another, whether by physical force, threats or intimidation”.
In Australia, there is no mandatory minimum sentence for domestic violence and there are no offences for the conduct that occurs outside of marriage.
The amendment, proposed by the Australian Christian Lobby, proposes a three-year mandatory minimum for those convicted of domestic abuse.
This is in line with other countries, but is notable in Australia because there is not a mandatory minimum in Australia.
It is also the first time Australia has proposed a mandatory sentencing regime for domestic abuse, in addition to other domestic violence legislation.
This has already caused a lot of controversy among feminists, who have claimed that the new bill is not enough.
It’s also likely to put pressure on the Australian Government to take the same approach to domestic violence that it took to child sexual exploitation.
If the Government decides to go the same way as other nations, it could see more and more women being locked up for domestic assault and other crimes that are deemed to be related to domestic abuse or stalking.
The proposed amendment is part of the Government’s efforts to promote women’s equality in the workplace.
Domestically abused women are less likely to hold their jobs than women in similar circumstances in other countries.
Women are less well represented in the workforce than men in Australia and are more likely to face discrimination and harassment in their workplace.
In addition, many women are afraid of talking about their experiences in order to not further stigmatise them.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has also criticised the proposed amendments and the legislation for making it harder for women to get the help they need to escape abusive relationships.
The Government’s position is that the amendments are needed to make the Australian criminal justice system more effective and equitable for victims.
This isn’t the first attempt to make domestic violence a feminist offence.
In 2010, the Australian Federal Police published a white paper on the topic and outlined its aims for domestic-violence legislation.
The white paper outlined a number of changes to domestic-related offences including:Mandatory minimum sentences for domestic and sexual abuse, including for both males and females, and a mandatory three-month mandatory minimum sentencing for domestic/sexual abuse offences.
Mandatory sentence enhancements for the behaviour of a spouse or other intimate partner.
An expanded definition of domestic assault to include stalking and other forms of physical violence.
Support for survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence to obtain and retain employment and other entitlements.
A requirement for victims to be able to make a complaint to police within two years of being assaulted, and to have the complaint investigated and resolved.
A mandatory six-month detention for anyone who is found guilty of a domestic abuse offence, including an allegation of assault.
Domiciliary services will also be offered in the community to provide assistance and support for women in need of help.
This would be particularly relevant for young women and women of colour who are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence, as well as vulnerable women who are not able to access the assistance that they need.
The ACT is also one of the countries with the highest rates of domestic-abuse homicides.
It has also emerged that the ACT is not alone in this, as a report from the Australian Institute of Criminology found that most of Australia’s provinces and territories had a higher rate of domestic/ sexual abuse.
The issue of violence is complex.
It is difficult to separate what is violent and what is not, as it is very difficult to differentiate between the physical violence that occurs in the home and that perpetrated against people outside of the home.
We know that violence is a significant contributing factor to suicide, homicide, sexual assault, and child abuse, but the issue is not solved by simply removing the perpetrators.
It’s important that we make sure that perpetrators of violence are held to account and that we support those who are victims of violence.
It seems that we’re already at the beginning of the process to rebrand domestic violence in Australia, and the introduction of the proposed amendment in the Crimes Bill is just the latest step.
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