Applying generic sentencing aims in domestic violence cases in England and Wales

Vanessa Bettinson*, Gavin Dingwall

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There is an enduring legacy of trivialisation and ineffectiveness at various stages in the criminal justice process when it comes to responding to domestic violence. One area of contention relates to sentence. Sentencers in England and Wales are bound by law to have regard to a number of aims: the punishment of offenders; deterrence; public protection; rehabilitation; and reparation. Whilst commentators have criticised the framework on the basis that it is contradictory and engenders inconsistency, it will be argued that granting sentencers discretion to balance the prescribed aims maximises the potential for a successful outcome in individual cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-254
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Law, Crime and Justice
Issue number3
Early online date5 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes

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