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Violence Services Partnership
For professionals supporting the
safety of victim survivors in Melbourne's
northern metropolitan region

Proposed Consent Legislation Welcomed

Safe and Equal have welcomed the recently proposed reforms to consent legislation in Victoria. These amendments mean that, legally, consent for sexual activity must be actively sought and can be withdrawn at any time. Significantly, this would mean the law recognises that consent cannot be given if coerced under fear or force.

As Safe and Equal emphasise, family violence and sexual assault are inextricably linked. These proposed changes recognise this fact, and acknowledge that consent cannot be freely given when there’s a threat of family violence. 

Read Safe and Equal’s full statement.

(Source: Safe and Equal Member Bulletin, 12.8.22)