The Sexual Violence Legislation Bill had its first reading in Parliament on 14 November. The Bill makes changes to trial processes and evidence rules to reduce the re-traumatisation of sexual violence complainants in court.
The Bill responds to Law Commission recommendations, and includes significant improvements to ensure complainants are better protected from unnecessary harm when they are being questioned and giving their victim impact statements.
The Bill forms part of the Government’s commitment to addressing family and sexual violence, and its implementation will be supported by nearly $38 million in funding from the Budget 2019 family and sexual violence package.
Follow the progress of the Bill which has been referred to the Justice Select Committee.(external link)
For more information you can read:
• the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill(external link)
• the Minister and the Under-Secretary’s joint press release(external link)
• proactive release - more about the proposals, in the Cabinet paper [PDF, 1 MB]