Chapter 7
Additional options for reform

7.1In addition to a specific strangulation offence or other amendments to the Crimes Act, there are a number of ways in which the problems presented by strangulation in family violence might otherwise be addressed. The first would involve amendments to the Sentencing Act 2002. The others would be operational and involve amendments to record keeping, training and education of key groups, and increased access to medical assessments. Some of these options would address the current lack of accountability of perpetrators of strangulation. Others would focus more on ensuring decision makers have sufficient information to keep the victims of strangulation safe.