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New laws to protect victims added to Domestic Abuse Bill

On 1 March 2021 the Government announced that a raft of new amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill would be presented, providing greater protections for victims. The proposals include making non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence, punishable by up to five years in prison. The act typically involves an abuser strangling or intentionally affecting their victim's breathing in an attempt to control or intimidate them. The announcement follows concerns that perpetrators were avoiding punishment as the practice can often leave no visible injury, making it harder to prosecute under existing offences. The Government will also strengthen legislation around controlling or coercive behaviour (CCB), no longer making it a requirement for abusers and victims to live together. For the announcement, click here.

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