Domestic violence: law reform
The Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (‘LRCWA’) tabled its final report on 24 June 2014 — almost a year after receiving its terms of reference from the Western Australian Attorney General, the Hon Michael Mischin, MLC. The report makes 73 key recommendations, including:
- the separation of family and domestic violence orders from the existing Restraining Orders Act;
- treating ‘domestic violence’ as a criminal offence under the Criminal Code;
- creating clearer definitions of what constitutes domestic violence; and
- the inclusion of ‘Cyber-Stalking’ in the definition of domestic violence.