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Law Commission asks whether there should be specific offences for domestic violence

Commission publishes consultation on offences against the person

The Law Commission is conducting a scoping consultation, exploring the options for reforming the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. It asks whether a new statute should include a new offence of minor injury and a dedicated offence to tackle domestic violence.

In respect of domestic violence the scoping paper asks (at para 5.144 et seq) whether consultees consider that there is benefit in examining whether reform of offences against the person should include specific offences of domestic violence.

The paper sets out arguments for and against the establishment of new offences.

Responses are sought by 11th February 2015. Full contact details are set out in the paper.

The scoping paper is here.