Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse

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October 2014
October 2014

This government consulted and sought views on whether the current law on domestic abuse needs to be strengthened to offer better protection to victims. The consultation specifically focused on whether a specific offence needed to be created that captured patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate relationships. The deadline to respond was 15th October 2014.

MWNUK responded to the consultation and highlighted that although current legal options exist that are not being utilised, we welcome the introduction of an additional offence.  We also highlighted that there needs to be better recognition that a domestic violence victim may have many abusers and that particular barriers as well as systematic failures were contributing towards BME domestic abuse victims not getting the help they need. The full MWNUK response can be downloaded from above.


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