Abusers may be imprisoned for up to five years

A new offence came into force today (7 June) which will mean abusers who strangle their partners in an attempt to control or induce fear may be imprisoned for up to five years.

Non-fatal strangulation was made a specific offence as part of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. The offence will apply to any person who intentionally strangles or suffocates another person, affecting their victim’s ability to breathe in an attempt to control or intimidate them, including in cases of domestic abuse.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 amends the Serious Crime Act 2015, and introduces two new sections – section 75A and 75B – which will create a new and specific criminal offence of non-fatal strangulation and suffocation....

Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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