Victoria’s family violence killers sentenced to less jail time than those who commit random murders



Domestic Violence Victoria CEO Tania Farha said family violence was historically viewed as a private issue and the criminal justice system was not originally designed to respond adequately.

Ms Farha said progress had been made over the years, mostly through feminist advocacy and from the Royal Commission into Family Violence, but many myths and victim-blaming attitudes remained, which led to family violence crime being viewed as less serious than offences against strangers.

“Family violence is a complex issue, for which there is yet to be a perfect criminal justice response. Differences in sentencing expose the limitations of the criminal justice system in being able to deliver just outcomes in family violence matters,” she said.

Herald Sun
21/9/20