Stalking and Intervention Orders

The Council has produced three reports on the sentencing of stalking and breaches of intervention orders:

  • a report on how stalking contrary to section 21A of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) is sentenced in Victoria, and the reoffending patterns of people found guilty of stalking (Report 1)
  • a report on how breaches of personal safety intervention orders (PSIOs) contrary to section 100 of the Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010 (Vic) are sentenced in Victoria, and the reoffending patterns of people found guilty of breaching those orders (Report 2)
  • a report on how breaches of family violence safety notices (FVSNs) and family violence intervention orders (FVIOs) contrary to the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) are sentenced in Victoria, and the reoffending patterns of people found guilty of breaching those orders (Report 3).

Sentencing Breaches of Personal Safety Intervention Orders in Victoria (Report 1) was released in February 2022, Sentencing Stalking in Victoria (Report 2) was released in March 2022, and Sentencing Breaches of Family Violence Intervention Orders and Safety Notices: Third Monitoring Report (Report 3) was published in May 2022. Report 3 builds on the Council’s previous work.

The reports aimed to assist the Victorian Law Reform Commission with its advice to government on responses to stalking and breaches of intervention orders, including how those offences are sentenced in Victorian courts.

The Commission is expected to make its final report to government by 30 June 2022.