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Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2022

These Regulations are the third commencement regulations made under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

They bring into force section 3 (so far as not already in force) on 31st January 2022. Section 3 of the Act makes provision in relation to children as victims of domestic abuse, as follows:

'Children as victims of domestic abuse

(1) This section applies where behaviour of a person ("A") towards another person ("B") is domestic abuse.

(2 ) Any reference in this Act to a victim of domestic abuse includes a reference to a child who—

(a) sees or hears, or experiences the effects of, the abuse, and

(b ) is related to A or B.

(3) A child is related to a person for the purposes of subsection (2) if—

(a) the person is a parent of, or has parental responsibility for, the child, or

(b ) the child and the person are relatives.

(4) In this section—

"child" means a person under the age of 18 years;

"parental responsibility" has the same meaning as in the Children Act 1989 (see section 3 of that Act);

"relative" has the meaning given by section 63(1) of the Family Law Act 1996.'

For the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, click here. For the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2022, click here.