Swift, certain and fair approaches to sentencing family violence offenders

Family violence Criminal justice Sentencing Victoria

Responding to family violence is a responsibility shared across government, the criminal justice system and the wider community. One part of the broader criminal justice response is the sentencing, and management under sentence, of family violence offenders.

In March 2016, the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended that the Sentencing Advisory Council (‘the Council’) examine one aspect of sentencing and managing family violence offenders, namely ‘the desirability of and methods for accommodating “swift and certain justice” approaches to family violence offenders in Victoria’s sentencing regime’ (Recommendation 83).

Subsequently, in September 2016, the Attorney-General requested such advice from the Council in the form of terms of reference, and this report constitutes the Council’s response to those terms.

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