Law Commission seeks submissions on improving law for victims who commit homicide
Sun 15 Nov 2015
The New Zealand Law Commission is calling for submissions on improving the law relating to victims of family violence who commit homicide. Consultation ...
The New Zealand Law Commission is calling for submissions on improving the law relating to victims of family violence who commit homicide. Consultation closes on 18 December 2015.
- Whether the law of self-defence for victims of family violence should be reformed
- Whether New Zealand should introduce a new partial defence (that would reduce murder to manslaughter) for victims of family violence
- Whether there should be changes to sentencing and evidence law, and education on family violence for judges, lawyers and juries.
Lead Commissioner Dr Wayne Mapp said: "When victims of family violence kill their abusers, they are often acting in response to years of physical, sexual and psychological abuse. We have been asked by the Minister of Justice to review the law in respect of victims of family violence who commit homicide. These victims are usually charged with murder. Homicide is one of the most important areas of the criminal law and it may not adequately recognise the position of victims of family violence. This area of the criminal law is complex and raises difficult questions. It is crucial that we hear from all interested parties. We need to know what people think about these important issues."