Victoria's opposition says it will get tougher on perpetrators of domestic violence, promising to impose jail sentences of up to 10 years for people who non-fatally strangle or choke a partner.
There is no specific criminal offence in Victoria of non-fatal strangulation, and on Sunday Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the Coalition would, if elected, amend the Crimes Act to create one.
"For those offenders who believe that somehow they can choke or strangle their partner and get away with it, they'll get away with it no more," Mr Guy said.
"The government I lead will ensure that a 10-year maximum jail term will apply for those who strangle or choke their partner in a domestic violence setting."
The law would only apply to someone who assaults a family member, so would not be applied to gang violence, for example.
The Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre supports the policy initiative.
Chief executive Annette Gillespie said Safe Steps' hotline took 104,000 calls last year, and 15 per cent of those were from women who said they had experienced strangulation from a partner.
"It's absolutely critical that we change the laws so that strangulation is recognised as a criminal offence in its own right and that perpetrators of such violence are held accountable for a very long time," Ms Gillespie said.
Victoria Police has said it receives a domestic violence call once every seven minutes on average.