plan, the NSW government announced the introduction of a new law, which was formulated to address the reality of strangulations as a serious offence of domestic violence (NSW Government, 2018). Strangulation is considered a red flag and significant indicator of a potential homicide attack (Gaetani, 2019). The Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 brought forth the new offence of intentional choking, suffocating or strangling a person without consent, and is be punishable by means of a maximum 5 years term of imprisonment (NSW Government, 2018). This amendment is 6
likely to depict a more accurate representation for strangulation severity, as the NSW Government has removed the clause relating to a victim be rendered unconscious to be deemed domestic violence (Gaetani, 2019). From a feminist perspective, strangulation is used as a tactic to correct the balance of control back to the dominate male with the relationship (Vella et al., 2017). The applied pressure gives warning to the female to be subordinate and not act out (Vella et al., 2017). As discussed, this vital amendment can assist domestic violence victims to end the cycle of abuse. It is clear that with the introduction of feminist criminologists, theories relating to crime and victimisation have been challenged of their masculinist bias and provoked a wave of change throughout the field. This essay examined the relationship between the criminal justice system and violence against women, which centralised ideals of development and change to better safeguard individuals. Moreover, strong evidence was provided to confirm how a feminist perspective on domestic violence is important when identifying critical downfalls as it offers a unique view on ways to remedy this void. However, despite the many decades of discussing violence against woman and feminist criminology there is an imperative need for continued evaluation and research into women’s crime, female victimisation and criminal justice system. 7
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