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In response to calls for reform, some jurisdictions have introduced specialised offences and defences for battered women who kill their abuser. In 2005, Victoria introduced the offence of ‘defensive homicide’. More recently, in 2010, Queensland introduced a defence titled ‘killing for...
This article examines trends in the resolution of homicide cases involving battered women defendants from 2000 to 2010 in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Australia and Canada appear to have some commonalities in their treatment of such cases with higher acquittal rates and a greater reliance...
Little is known about changing patterns in official responses to crime over time despite changes in recent decades in how the law treats various types of violent crime. Drawing from data documenting court outcomes in homicides in one Canadian urban jurisdiction from 1974 to 2002, this study...
The offences of murder and manslaughter have been the subject of several Law Commission reviews in England and Wales but no wholesale reform. The two major difficulties with the law of murder have been the continuing commitment to the mandatory penalty and the impossibility of capturing...
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