Stalking is often a terrifying crime. People who are stalked can feel constantly unsafe, anxious and vulnerable. Whether it involves physical violence or not, stalking can cause significant fear and distress.
Due to technological advancements, types of stalking behaviour have evolved and can be carried out remotely, without physical proximity to the victim.
The VLRC has been asked to review and report on Victoria’s legal responses to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, including the statutory framework for and operation of the Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSIO) system, drawing upon best practice from the family violence system, criminological research and victim support services. This review should identify barriers to current law effectively responding to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, and make recommendations to address these barriers and improve the justice system’s response, with victim safety and wellbeing the paramount consideration.
The Victorian Law Reform Commission would like to hear from you. They would like to know your thoughts about the current stalking system and what needs to change.
The deadline for submissions is 5 August 2021.