Moves to push for a law change allowing battered wives who kill their husbands in cold blood to plead self-defence are being considered by a government committee.
The Family Violence Deaths Review Committee says New Zealand is out of step with other countries in not offering at least a partial defence for women who kill their husbands after years of abuse.
If there is to be such a defence recommended, surely it should be available to all spouses/partners – not just wives?
The defence can be used when the killing is an immedite retaliation but not when the killing is premeditated.
The committee initially planned to recommend a law change, but has stepped back from that while it continues discussing the proposal.
I’m against it being lawful to do a premeditated killing. Apart from the fact that when someone is dead, it is very easy to claim they were an abuser (as they can’t contradict any claims), the preferred response to domestic abuse is to leave them, not kill them. I know it is not as simple as that for some people, but killing is never the answer unless you are in immediate harm.