The Domestic Abuse Law came into force on Wednesday 21 June 2023. The new law is designed to give victims greater protection from perpetrators include those who coercively control their partners.
There are three key elements of the law, which are:
- The new domestic abuse offence
- New powers for the court to impose Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPOs)
- The power to impose notification requirements on perpetrators convicted of domestic abuse or similar offences
Offenders can be jailed for up to five years and be given an unlimited fine for offences covered under the law.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or would like more information of where to find support, there are a range of organisations and websites below who will be able to help.