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Circumstances of family violence are increasingly being described in detail in the sentencing decisions of our higher courts. How this complex social issue is described is of fundamental importance to the victim, to the perpetrator and to public discourse. The need to condemn family violence, in line with community expectations, poses a unique challenge for judicial officers.  

The NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team have examined sentencing reasons for intimate partner homicide since 2000. Their recent work highlights the importance of effective and considered statements about the circumstances of family violence. 

Chaired by Justice Champion, this twilight will canvass the power of language in challenging stereotypes, promoting accountability and enhancing visibility. 

Join us for this practical, in-depth discussion.

Presenters

Anna Butler

Anna Butler, Manager of the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review team will discuss her recent analysis providing insight into effective and less-effective approaches to addressing family violence in sentencing reasons. 

Scott Mills

Scott Mills from No to Violence will explore different techniques that can be adopted to avoid inadvertently giving the appearance of collusion, mutualisation or minimisation in sentencing remarks. 

Presenters

Anna Butler

Anna Butler, Manager of the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review team will discuss her recent analysis providing insight into effective and less-effective approaches to addressing family violence in sentencing reasons. 

Scott Mills

Scott Mills from No to Violence will explore different techniques that can be adopted to avoid inadvertently giving the appearance of collusion, mutualisation or minimisation in sentencing remarks.