Journal article

Social Entrapment Evidence: Understanding its Role in Self-Defence Cases Involving Intimate Partner Violence

Heather Douglas, Stella Tarrant, Julia Tolmie

University of New South Wales Law Journal | Law School, University of New South Wales | Published : 2021


This article considers what evidence juries need to help them apply the defence of self-defence where a woman claims she has killed an abusive partner to save her own life. Drawing on recent research and cases we argue that expert evidence admitted in these types of cases generally fails to provide evidence about the nature of abuse, the limitations in the systemic safety responses and the structural inequality that abused women routinely face. Evidence of the reality of the woman’s safety options, including access to, and the realistic support offered by, services such as police, housing, childcare, safety planning and financial support should be presented. In essence, juries need evidence ..

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