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The Serious Crime Act 2015, S 76

Wiener, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-0347-209X (2022). The Serious Crime Act 2015, S 76. In: Coercive Control and the Criminal Law. (pp. 121-162). Taylor & Francis.


The last chapter focused on the first legislative development to take place this century that is particularly relevant to the survivors of domestic abuse and coercive control: the Sexual Offences Act 2003. This chapter continues with a review of later legislative developments that lie at the heart of this book. Firstly, the chapter takes up the story of the development of the criminal law where chapter three left off and looks in particular at amendments to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 that had particular significance for survivors of domestic abuse. Secondly, the chapter reviews Parliament’s intentions for the new law on coercive control via an analysis of the relevant parliamentary debates. Finally, the chapter provides a doctrinal assessment of the new law (Serious Crime Act 2015, s 76) itself. The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021, the chapter concludes with a discussion of this Act, and suggestions for further work and reform.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Coercive Control and the Criminal Law on 30 Dec 2022, available online:
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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