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Seminar: Criminalising Coercive Control – Challenges for the Implementation of Northern Ireland’s New Domestic Abuse Offence

Thursday 16th December 2021
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A specific offence of domestic abuse was introduced in Northern Ireland in March 2021 under section 1 of the Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Act (Northern Ireland) 2021.

This represents a crucial development in Northern Ireland’s response to domestic abuse.  The new legislation has the effect of criminalising coercive and controlling behaviour, thereby bringing Northern Ireland into line with the other jurisdictions within the UK and Ireland, and was necessary in order to allow the UK to be in a position to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

Being the final jurisdiction within the UK and Ireland to criminalise such behaviour has enabled Northern Ireland’s approach to be informed by the legislation enacted in the other jurisdictions.  However, although the enactment of the domestic abuse offence is certainly a very positive development, challenges may arise in relation to its implementation.  Drawing on experiences from the other jurisdictions, this event seeks to explore the challenges which may be faced in implementing Northern Ireland’s new domestic abuse offence.

Further details at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/criminalisecoercivecontrol