Why Victoria should rethink the abolition of defensive homicide


In 2005, a comprehensive package of “trendsetting feminist … reforms” was introduced in Victoria, including a new offence of defensive homicide.

Sitting between murder and manslaughter in terms of legal and moral culpability, a person could be convicted of defensive homicide rather than murder if they killed with the genuine but unreasonable belief that they were acting in self-defence.

Deke 1aDefensive homicide was introduced for two reasons:

  • to provide a “safety net” between complete acquittal (self-defence) and murder for women who killed an abusive male partner
  • to provide a…

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