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Research Papers 2020

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Justice Committee in 2017.

Information Sharing Between Police Forces and Home Office

- Date: 22/09/2020

This Briefing Note has been prepared for the Committee for Justice in the context of its consideration of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill. In the evidence received by the Committee, the position of migrants who are victims of domestic abuse but who due to their insecure immigration status were fearful of reporting the crime was raised.

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Defence on Grounds of Reasonableness

- Date: 22/09/2020

This Briefing Note has been prepared of the Committee for Justice in the context of its consideration of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill. Clause 12 of the Bill provides that, in respect of a charge of the domestic abuse offence, it is a defence for a person to show that the course of behaviour was reasonable in the particular circumstances.

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Domestic Abuse Commissioners

- Date: 17/09/2020

This paper is written to inform scrutiny of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill. The paper compares and contrasts offices for advocacy for victims of domestic abuse and violence. In particular, the paper examines: The office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner in England; The office of the Domestic Abuse Advisor in Wales; Domestic abuse commissions elsewhere; and Alternatives to domestic abuse commissioners. The paper finally compares and discusses the various domestic abuse commissions/commissioners and alternatives.

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Domestic Abuse Legislative Provisions

- Date: 27/04/2020

On 31 March 2020, the Justice Minister introduced the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill (the DA&FP Bill) to the Assembly. This Briefing Note addresses a number of domestic abuse related legislative developments, identified from other jurisdictions, which are not specifically addressed in the DA&FP Bill. Specifically the developments considered in this paper are: new ‘Domestic Violence Protection Orders’; a statutory basis for domestic violence disclosure schemes; and creation of the role of Domestic Abuse Commissioner.

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