8 Mar 2016 | Family Violence Death Review Committee
The Family Violence Death Review Committee (the FVDRC) welcomes comments by Justice Minister Amy Adams supporting efforts to make non-fatal strangulation a specific crime.
In its Fourth Annual Report published in 2014 the FVDRC called for the Government to consider an amendment to the Crimes Act 1961 to include non-fatal strangulation as a separate crime.
"Non-fatal strangulation is extremely dangerous and has a significant physical and psychological impact on victims. There is a fine line between a non-fatal and a fatal strangulation," says the FVDRC’s chair Associate Professor Julia Tolmie.
"A San Diego study found most abusers do not strangle to kill, they strangle to show they can kill. Strangulation is often present in cases we review, either in the history of a victim’s abuse or as part of the death event."