The government has bowed to pressure from human rights groups, removing a clause in the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill which would have made it mandatory to report acts of domestic violence.

In terms of the bill — one of three gender-based violence bills now being processed by parliament's justice and correctional services committee — failure to report “knowledge, reasonable belief or suspicion” of an act of domestic violence to the police or a social worker would be a criminal offence punishable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment of up to five years or both...

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