Domestic violence study published
20 August 2008
A government-commissioned report on domestic violence, co-authored by Bristol academics, was published earlier this month.
The report focuses on the three measures of the Act that were implemented during the evaluation period:
- making common assault an arrestable offence (although this measure was superseded by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, which amended the list of arrestable offences making all offences arrestable, it is still included within the scope of the evaluation);
- making it an arrestable, criminal offence to breach a non-molestation order; and
- extending the civil law on domestic violence (to ensure cohabiting same-sex couples have the same access to non-molestation and occupation orders as opposite sex couples, and non-molestation orders are available to couples who have never cohabited).
The report is available from the Ministry of Justice website.