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Posted 21 April 2017

Offences in a domestic context to be treated as more serious under new guidelines

Sentencing guidelines are to be reviewed by The Sentencing Council in respect of domestic violence offences.

Over the last decade, it has been recognised that the term ‘domestic abuse’ is now used more commonly than ‘domestic violence’. This is due to a shift in thinking that while domestic violence refers to physical violence, there is actually a broad range of abuse that can occur including financial, emotional, mental and sexual abuse.

Offences committed in a domestic setting were seen as no less serious than offences committed in a non-domestic setting. However, these new guidelines will provide that offences in a domestic context will be treated as more serious.

Guidelines have also been introduced for stalking, disclosing private sexual images (otherwise known as ‘revenge porn’) as well as stalking and coercive behaviour.

Tozers have a specialised department to deal with domestic violence cases, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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