Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence

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According to the lawgovpol website, law reform can be defined as the process of changing and updating laws, so that they reflect the current values and needs of modern society. This idea of change in the law is essential when it comes to the topic of sexual assault and domestic violence. Sexual assault is defined as a forced sexual act, where the victim is either persuaded or physically forced to engage in the act against their will, or any form of sexual touching without the individual 's consent. This particular form of assault is legally recognised as being a part of sexual violence and it consists of rape (all forms), forced kissing, groping, child sexual abuse or any other form of harsh treatment of an individual in a sexual manner. Domestic …show more content…
“Australia has a relatively high rate of reported sexual assault compared to other developed countries…” this statement can be found within an article on SBS news online. This generalised statistic should not be dismissed as being a part of the norm, it should be addressed and laws must be put in place to ensure that this statistic is drastically lowered. Domestic violence is not far from this, it is reported in the domestic violence website that more than a million women have experienced physical or sexual assault by their male current or ex-partner since the age of 15. More laws must be enforced and created to ensure that both these statistics are decreased by a significant amount. As a result of recurring cases of both these forms of violence, they have resulted in the legal system being forced to create or amend previous laws put in place to keep up with the changing culture of such crimes. The recent law reforms concerning both these significant issues have been welcomed by the society in a positive manner as they seem to be relevant and much-needed changes to the …show more content…
The new domestic violence laws put in place have been empowering victim according to ‘The Australian News’, as this legislation introduced the use of technology in recent times. The reform consisted of the fact that NSW police will be allowed to use body-mounted video cameras to record the ‘effect/s’ of domestic violence and allow the victims to use that as pre-recorded video statement/ evidence to provide in court. These recordings will be a primary source of evidence as they produce first hand and unbiased proof of the crime. The Minister for Women, Pru Goward states in a newspaper article (The Australian) that “Women are inevitably going to be traumatised in that moment when the police arrive at 4am and there 's abuse and violence going on. That can impact their ability to give evidence in a really clear and calm way, but I think those risks can be mitigated”. In addition to this, the Domestic Violence NSW chief executive Moo Baulch expressed her view of this reform by saying that “Anything that takes the pressure off victims giving evidence in the court has to be helpful”. These statements made by both these ministers has assisted in ensuring the general public that these reforms are in fact a positive move towards the regulating and or diminishing domestic violence in our society. Another positive of this initiative is

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