Self-defence plea review 'overdue'

Self-defence plea review 'overdue'

|Radio New Zealand| "Some situations have arisen that have been profoundly unjust on the person who committed the homicide because she had come to the stage that she was so terrified that she couldn't see another option," says Jill Proudfoot, Shine's Client Services Director.

Advocates for battered women say a Law Commission review of whether victims of family violence who kill their abusive partners should be able to claim self-defence is long-overdue. The commission is also considering whether a judge should impose a lesser penalty if an abused person is still convicted of murder.

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