Domestic violence offenders may no longer avoid jail in WA

Last week WA’s Attorney-General Michael Mischin announced that Western Australia’s system for dealing with perpetrators of domestic violence will move closer to Victoria’s system. This change will see the closure of the state’s ‘domestic violence courts’ and will mean that perpetrators are less likely to avoid jail time. The domestic violence courts allowed offenders who pleaded guilty to opt for attendance in programs that were designed to help change their behaviour in an attempt to lower the rates of reoffending.
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