Vanessa Bettinson, Ronagh McQuigg

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In March 2021 a new domestic abuse offence, which effectively criminalised coercive control, was enacted in Northern Ireland under section 1 of the Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 and came into force on 21 February 2022. This chapter examines the historical background as regards domestic abuse in Northern Ireland and discusses the importance of the criminalisation of coercive control in this jurisdiction. The structure of the book is then explained, and an outline of the forthcoming chapters is provided. The chapter concludes with a brief note on the terminology which will be used throughout the book.
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 PublicationAbingdon
ISBN (Electronic)9781003345305
ISBN (Print)9781032384870, 9781032384887
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice

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