Consultation outcome

Strengthening the law on domestic abuse

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

This document contains the summary of responses to the consultation and the government response. It includes:

  • the background
  • a summary of the responses
  • responses to the specific questions raised
  • the ‘next steps’ after this consultation

Original consultation


Consultation on proposals to strengthen the law on domestic abuse.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on whether the current law on domestic abuse needs to be strengthened to offer better protection to victims. It is specifically focused on whether we should create a specific offence that captures patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate relationships, inline with the government’s non-statutory definition of domestic abuse.

How to respond

Please send us your comments by using our online form. You may wish to read through the full consultation document first before beginning the online survey.

The closing date for responses is 15 October 2014.

For more details contact:

Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse Consultation
5th Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street

or email:


Published 20 August 2014
Last updated 18 December 2014 + show all updates
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