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New UK Domestic Abuse Bill

The Government has committed to introducing a new domestic abuse bill, following its recent consultation process. You can read more about the history of this bill in our previous blog.

The Government has published its proposals here: Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse: Consultation Response and Draft Bill

It is proposed that the new bill will:

  • provide for a statutory definition of domestic abuse
  • establish the office of Domestic Abuse Commissioner and set out the Commissioner’s functions and powers
  • provide for a new Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and DAPO
  • prohibit perpetrators of domestic and other forms of abuse from cross-examining their victims in person in the family courts (and prevent victims from having to cross-examine their abusers) and give the court discretion to prevent cross-examination in person where it would diminish the quality of the witness’s evidence or cause the witness significant distress
  • create a statutory presumption that complainants of an offence involving behaviour that amounts to domestic abuse are eligible for special measures in the criminal courts
  • enable domestic abuse offenders to be subject to polygraph testing as a condition of their licence following their release from custody
  • place the guidance supporting the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme on a statutory footing
  • ensure that, where a local authority, for reasons connected with domestic abuse, grants a new secure tenancy to a social tenant who had or has a secure lifetime or assured tenancy (other than an assured shorthold tenancy), this must be a secure lifetime tenancy
  • extend the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the criminal courts in England and Wales to further violent and sexual offences
Domestic Abuse Bill
Parliament by Misco

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