Brodie’s Law has broadened the definition of bullying behaviour to include: acting in any other way that could reasonably be expected to cause a victim to engage in self-harm. Below is a summary of the legislative changes.
I think that the current state government should be commended on this initiative as well as the many others they have recently introduced to combat the alarming increase in serious crime in Victoria.
AMENDMENT OF THE CRIMES ACT 1958
(1) After section 21A(2)(d) of the Crimes Act 1958
5 “(da) making threats to the victim;
(db) using abusive or offensive words to or in the presence of the victim;
(dc) performing abusive or offensive acts in the presence of the victim;
10 (dd) directing abusive or offensive acts towards the victim;”.
(2) For section 21A(2)(g) of the Crimes Act 1958
“(g) acting in any other way that could reasonably be expected—
(i) to cause physical or mental harm to the victim, including self-harm; or
(ii) to arouse apprehension or fear in the victim for his or her own safety or that of any other person—”.
(3) In section 21A(2) of the Crimes Act 1958, after “with the intention of causing physical or mental harm to the victim” insert “, including self harm,”.
(4) In section 21A(3) of the Crimes Act 1958, after “victim” (where first occurring) insert “, including self-harm,”.
(5) After section 21A(7) of the Crimes Act 1958 insert—