Introducing a Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse in Northern Ireland: Comparative Insights into Criminalising Coercive Control

Vanessa Bettinson, Ronagh McQuigg*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Chapter Two analyses the new criminal law offence of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland. The chapter reflects on whether the offence will succeed in strengthening this jurisdiction’s response to such abuse. This analysis draws upon models designed for the same purpose in England and Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, to assess where Northern Ireland may succeed or be challenged when operationalising the new offence. Through this comparison, the chapter considers whether Northern Ireland has produced an offence model that has benefited from learning the lessons of other jurisdictions within the UK and Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCriminalising Coercive Control
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges for the Implementation of Northern Ireland’s Domestic Abuse Offence
EditorsVanessa Bettinson, Ronagh McQuigg
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781003345305
ISBN (Print)9781032384870
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice

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