“Provocation as a defence to murder will be abolished in Victoria and a new offence of defensive homicide introduced under a bill to go before state parliament tomorrow.

“Victoria’s homicide laws have not kept pace with changing social values,” Mr Hulls said.
“The law regarding provocation was developed from times past when it was acceptable, especially for men, to have a violent response to an alleged breach of a person’s honour.

Under the changes, the law will now take into account situations where a person kills in response to long-term family violence.”