Discussion paper on 'battered persons' defence

Activity occurred prior to the current government.

A discussion paper on the development of a new 'battered persons' defence was released on 26 April 2009.

The paper, Victims who kill their abusers: A Discussion Paper on Defences, was prepared by Professors Geraldine Mackenzie and Eric Colvin of Bond University, to provide an opportunity for the community and government to consider the need for legal reform in this area.

The discussion paper is a result of a review of the use of provocation and accident defences in murder and manslaughter trials, conducted by the Queensland Law Reform Commission in 2008.

The closing date for submissions was 25 May 2009.