Relevant legislation

Author: South Eastern CASA

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In Victoria there are several pieces of legislation of relevance to the area of sexual assault and child abuse.

Crimes act 1958 (Sections 32 - 60)

Objectives:

  • to uphold the fundamental right of every person to make decisions about his or her sexual behaviour and to choose not to engage in sexual activity; and
  • to protect children and persons with a cognitive impairment from sexual exploitation.
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Children, youth and families act 2005

Objectives:

  • to provide for community services to support children and families; and
  • to provide for the protection of children; and
  • to make provision in relation to children who have been charged with, or who have been found guilty of, offences; and
  • to continue The Children's Court of Victoria as a specialist court dealing with matters relating to children.
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Children, youth and families regulations 2007

Objectives:

  • to prescribe various matters required to be prescribed or permitted to be prescribed under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.
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Family violence protection act 2008

Objectives:

  • maximise safety for children and adults who have experienced family violence; and
  • prevent and reduce family violence to the greatest extent possible; and
  • promote the accountability of perpetrators of family violence for their actions.
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Victims of crime assistance act 1996

Objectives:

  • assist victims recovery with payments; and
  • express the community's sympathy and condolence; and
  • jurisdiction of last resort.
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