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App to help domestic violence perpetrators comply with AVO rules

An app aiming to increase domestic violence perpetrators’ compliance with apprehended violence orders will launch across the state on Wednesday. The NSW government-funded mobile app ‘Avow’ will provide information about court processes and the consequences of breaching an Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders. It will also include features that allow users to plan how they will…

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Women’s safety organisation concerned as Sentencing Council recommends no changes to domestic homicide sentencing

The NSW Sentencing Council has concluded its review of sentencing for murder and manslaughter, recommending no substantial changes to the way in which sentences are determined for domestic homicides. Women’s Safety NSW has responded with “deep concern” that the issues put before the Sentencing Council with respect to inadequate sentencing for domestic violence related homicide…

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Women’s safety organisation concerned as Sentencing Council recommends no changes to domestic homicide sentencing

The NSW Sentencing Council has concluded its review of sentencing for murder and manslaughter, recommending no substantial changes to the way in which sentences are determined for domestic homicides. Women’s Safety NSW has responded with “deep concern” that the issues put before the Sentencing Council with respect to inadequate sentencing for domestic violence related homicide…

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New NSW sex consent law reforms praised

By Jess Layt in The Advertiser The chief executive of Women’s Safety NSW has praised news the NSW Government will introduce law reforms requiring affirmative consent before sex. The government this week announced it would strengthen and clarify sexual consent laws in order to better protect victim-survivors and educate the community. The changes come after…

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Reaction to new consent law

A reform of NSW’s sexual consent laws has been met with mixed reviews by community groups, academics and lawyers. Yesterday the Attorney-General announced the state would adopt an affirmative consent model, which could see defendants convicted unless they have taken active steps to obtain consent for sex. Women’s Safety NSW says the changes will help make…

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Reform to sexual assault laws in NSW means affirmative consent needed

NSW people will need to make sure the other person is on board before engaging in sexual activities under changes to consent laws. The reforms, announced on Tuesday, mean a person shouldn’t expect another has agreed to sex unless they have said or done something that indicates consent. “The clearest example would be to say,…

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The great divide: the pros and cons of criminalising coercive control

Despite decades of advocacy, awareness campaigns, and legal reforms, violence against women in Australia remains high. One in five women in Australia has experienced sexual violence, and on average one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. There’s been a recent push to criminalise coercive control — patterns of abusive behaviours…

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NSW Government announces sexual consent laws, but more changes needed for comprehensive reform

The NSW Attorney General, Mark Speakman SC MP today announced reforms to sexual consent law in NSW six months after the Law Reform Commission finished its detailed review. The NSW Government will introduce an affirmative model of sexual consent which means the accused will have to have done something or said something reasonable in the circumstances to ascertain…

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NSW Government set to announce sexual assault reforms: Here’s what we need to see

The NSW Government is set to announce its sexual assault reforms six months after the Law Reform Commission finished its detailed review. Last month, women’s safety organisations in NSW wrote to the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian to demand urgent action to tackle unprecedented rates of sexual assault outlining nine reforms needed to achieve this end….

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