Three important changes were introduced on the 1st of March 2021 to the Domestic Abuse Bill.  

  • New offence of non-fatal strangulation to be introduced as part of ground-breaking legislation
  • Controlling or coercive behaviour offence extended to include abuse where perpetrators and victims no longer live together
  • ‘Revenge porn’ offence widened to cover threats to share intimate images.  

Controlling or coercive behaviour

  • The Controlling and Coercive behaviour amendment will widen the scope of the definition of “personally connected” in the CCB offence so that the offence may apply to former partners and family members who do not live together.
  • It follows a Home Office review into Coercive and Controlling behaviour which has been published today (Monday 1 March). Having considered the findings of the review and the concerns raised in it by stakeholders and domestic abuse organisations, the government agrees that the CCB offence should be amended so that it also applies to controlling or coercive behaviour by a former intimate partner that takes place post-separation or by a family member who does not reside with the victim.

Threats to share intimate images

  • An amendment will extend the existing offence of disclosing private sexual photographs and films, without the consent of the individual in the photographs/film, with intent to cause that person distress (at s33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015) to include “threats” to disclose such material.
  • This behaviour will remain subject to the existing 2-year maximum prison sentence.

Non-fatal strangulation

  • This amendment will make it an offence to Intentionally strangle another person or do any other act that affects a person’s ability to breathe.
  • The offence covers a range of behaviours specifically including strangulation, but also suffocation and other methods which affect another person’s ability to breathe.
  • A person convicted of this offence can face up to 5 years’ in prison.
  • The offence can also be committed abroad by a UK national (or a person habitually resident in England and Wales).
  • As with any new offence, we will look at what training and guidance should accompany it and will closely monitor its use.

The full text can be found on >>> Gov.Uk<<<

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