Domestic Abuse Bill - Proposed statutory defence for domestic abuse victims driven to offend

I have been astounded by the number of female offenders who are victims of domestic abuse and how that is a significant trigger to their offending.

Police inspector  


We are working with the Criminal Bar Association and others to call for a new statutory defence to be added to the Domestic Abuse Bill for those whose offending is driven by their experience of domestic abuse.  This would address a gap in legal protection for victims, strengthen recognition of the links between victimisation and offending and deter inappropriate prosecutions.  In its report published in June, the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill recommended that this proposal be considered by the government. 



Download our short briefing


Download our detailed submission to the Joint Committee on the Draft Bill


Download our report ‘There’s areason we’re in trouble: Domestic abuse as a driver to women’s offending’


Download the Criminal Bar Association’s accompanying briefing on the need for a statutory defence



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