Information for local areas on the change to the definition of domestic violence and abuse

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Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
1 March 2013
Families, Criminal Justice Services, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This document aims to help local areas consider how the extension to the definition of domestic violence and abuse may impact on their services and identify potential gaps and opportunities for working with 16-17 year olds. In September 2012, it was announced that the Government definition of domestic violence would be widened to include those aged 16-17 and wording changed to reflect coercive control. The decision follows a Government consultation which saw respondents call overwhelmingly for this change. The Government will also be changing the title of the definition to domestic violence and abuse. This will be implemented from 31st March.

This guide includes information on: teenage relationship abuse; how to respond to cases involving those under the age of 18; services, such as advocates, Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences, and accommodation; young people using violence and abuse in close relationships; child to parent violence; harmful traditional practices such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation; and useful resources and links.

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