The law reform context
4.1In recent decades, the legal response to victims of family violence who commit homicide has been a particular focus of law reform both in New Zealand and around the world. The New Zealand Law Commission has examined the position of victims of family violence in two previous reports, Some Criminal Defences with Particular Reference to Battered Defendants (the 2001 Report) and The Partial Defence of Provocation (the 2007 Report). Internationally, the position of victims of family violence who commit homicide has led to law reform in Australia, England and Wales, and Canada.
4.2In this chapter, we summarise the previous work of the New Zealand Law Commission and the range of reforms pursued in other comparable jurisdictions. We further explore the detail of these reforms where relevant throughout this Report.