Home Office policy paper: Domestic Abuse Bill 2019

The Domestic Abuse Bill will prohibit perpetrators of abuse from cross-examining their victims in person in the family courts. This is according to policy paper from the Home Office on the measures in the Bill.

The Domestic Abuse Bill will:

  • Provide for a new Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and Domestic Abuse Protection Order
  • place the guidance supporting the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s law”) on a statutory footing
  • Create a new domestic abuse offence in Northern Ireland to criminalise controlling or coercive behaviour

The report finds:

  • The majority of the provisions in the Bill apply to England and Wales, or England, only
  • The current estimated cost of the measures in the bill applying to England and Wales is between £34 to £43 million per year once fully implemented

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