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Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill 2020

Justice Minister Naomi Long, introduced the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill 2020 into the Assembly. The bill will create a new domestic abuse offence for Northern Ireland. The new offence will capture patterns of controlling and coercive behaviour.

The legislation is required to close a gap in the law and ensure that protection for victims is not limited to physically violent behaviour, as at present.

Additional information is available on the Department of Justice website

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