Rape and sexual assault
- Provide a clearer definition of sexual offences, including rape; persistent sexual abuse of a child; and consent;
- amend judicial warnings in relation to children's evidence; and
- provide special arrangements for vulnerable witness's, protection of witness's, and provides the courts with the ability to audio record evidence, and include evidence taken in earlier proceedings.
Legislation was passed in Parliament in 2009 to give police and courts greater powers to prevent and address domestic abuse. The Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009 protects people from abuse by restricting what the perpetrator does as well as by requiring the perpetrator to work towards rehabilitation. For more information about Intervention Orders visit the Legal Services Commission of South Australia website.
On 10 December 2015 changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 came into effect. These changes provide greater protections to victims of domestic violence who rent their homes. More information about the changes can be found on the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal website.