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“Reflections on the criminalisation of coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate relationships in the United Kingdom”

Profile Vanessa Bettinson is Senior Lecturer in Law, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and co-founder of De Montfort University's Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network. Recognition of the significant role of coercive and controlling behaviour in many domestic violence cases is now clear. National policies within the UK all now include coercive and controlling behaviour within their definitions of domestic violence and/or abuse. Concerned with bringing legal frameworks into line with these national policy definitions, Northern Ireland is one of the latest governments within the UK to explore whether to create a discrete offence of domestic abuse that explicitly criminalises coercive and controlling behaviour (see Department of Justice in Northern Ireland's Consultation Paper, Domestic Abuse Offence and Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – A Consultation (2016)). This paper will provide an analysis of s. 76 Serious Crime Act 2015 that has now entered into force in England and Wales. The paper will reflect upon the potential of s. 76 to provide greater protection against domestic violence and/or abuse whilst recognising several challenges to applying it. Additionally, the paper will draw comparisons between the Scottish legal system and the draft offence of domestic abuse in the Scottish Government Consultation Paper, A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse (2015) in order to see what factors may be useful to the Northern Ireland experience.

Event Information

  • Dates: 01/01/70 -
  • Time: 01:00
  • Venue: 27 University Square Room 101
  • Organiser: Ms Margaret Howell
  • Organiser Email: m.howell@qub.ac.uk
  • Organiser Telephone: 02890973460
  • Event Open To: Students, Staff, General Public


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