UPDATE: The Domestic Abuse Bill
The Domestic Abuse Bill started in the House of Commons in 2019. It was introduced to further support and protect victims of Domestic abuse by improving the effectiveness of the justice system in bringing perpetrators to justice. The Bill will create a statutory definition of domestic abuse, including physical, emotional and financial abuse; it will prohibit perpetrators of abuse from cross-examining their victims in person in the family courts in England and Wales; and as confirmed by the Justice Minister yesterday, it will make provisions about certain violent or sexual offenses, including the outlaw of the “rough sex” defence.
The approval process is complex, but the Bill is now moving to its final stages in the House of Commons. The whole House will have the opportunity to review the latest Bill and to make further changes before the Bill passes to the House of Lords.
The Bill is due to become Law later this year, for England and Wales.