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Domestic Abuse Sentencing Guidelines Updated

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New domestic abuse sentencing guidelines first published on the 22nd February 2018 are due to come into force next month. The guidelines will give the courts up to date guidance emphasising the seriousness of this type of offending. The guidelines identify the principles relevant to the sentencing of cases involving domestic abuse, outline how the seriousness of offences should be assessed and highlight other factors that should be taken into account.

These new guidelines replace the guidelines which were published in 2006. ‘Domestic abuse’ is now the term used, rather than ‘domestic violence’, to reflect that offences can involve psychological, sexual, financial or emotional abuse as well as physical violence. The new guidelines also take into account the seriousness of the offending behaviour.

Sentencing Council member Jill Gramann said in February; “Domestic abuse comes in many forms such as harassment, assault and sex offences. The increasing use of technology in offending has meant that it has also evolved in its scope and impact. The new guideline will ensure that courts have the information they need to deal with the great range of offending and help prevent further abuse occurring.”

If you are accused of such behaviour then you should ensure that you are legally represented, you should not be interviewed by the Police without a legal representative being present and we have a number of highly skilled criminal solicitors who can assist day or night. We operate a 24 hour 7 day a week service to ensure that people are represented, the police station Freephone number is 0800 3047740, or alternatively if you are detained at the Police Station then you should ask for representation from Hewitts Solicitors.

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