Islanders invited to share views on Jersey's new domestic abuse law as consultation opens

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It hoped the new legislation will come into force next year (2022). Credit: ITV Channel TV

Islanders are being invited to have their say on Jersey's new domestic abuse law.

The consultation, which opens today (11 October), will help the States of Jersey Police shape the new law which it hopes to bring in next year.

It will aim to create a definition of domestic abuse for the first time, and will acknowledge controlling and coercive behaviour as an offence.

The law will also legally recognise that abuse does not only occur in intimate relationships.

Figures from States of Jersey Police show that up to September 2021 there were 214 domestic abuse crimes reported. Of these, there were nine convictions.

But statistics also show that 59% of domestic abuse victims will not support a criminal prosecution for various reasons, including fear of retribution, financial implications, child contact and housing implications.

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