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Sentencing Council consultation on domestic abuse - Law Society response

11 July 2017

The Society has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on draft guidelines for sentencing intimidatory offences and cases involving domestic abuse. 

The guidelines will assist judges, magistrates and practitioners in arriving at the appropriate sentence for offenders convicted of offences involving harassment, stalking, disclosing private sexual images, threats to kill, controlling or coercive behaviour, and domestic abuse.

The Society’s response welcomed the guidelines, and agreed with the Council’s assessment that such offences should be regarded as particularly serious given they typically occur in the context of an intimate relationship and involve a violation of trust.

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