The Attorney-General’s Department recently consulted on a draft Criminal Law Consolidation (Abusive Behaviour) Amendment Bill 2021 to strengthen domestic violence laws by criminalising coercive and controlling behaviour against current or former intimate partners.
The Department received 173 responses to a public survey and more detailed submissions from 31 individuals and organisations, with feedback noting the importance of the implementation process.
To ensure the implementation addresses needs of priority cohorts such as victims/survivors living in regional and remote areas, older people, people living with disability, LGBTIQA+ people, Aboriginal peoples, and migrant communities, the Department prepared a discussion paper for feedback from key stakeholders.
SARAA prepared a submission in consultation with our LGBTIQA+ Community Advisory Group highlighting approaches to address the needs of our communities. You can read our feedback here.