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“Not an either/or situation”: the minimization of violence against women in United Kingdom “domestic abuse” policy

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posted on 24.01.2020, 09:38 by Jo Aldridge

Proposed new legislation in England and Wales on domestic violence and abuse – the ‘Domestic Abuse Bill’ – is underpinned by changes to criminal law, specifically the introduction of coercive and controlling behaviour as set out in the Serious Crime Act 2015. The new Bill commits the British government to four main objectives with, it is claimed, prevention and protection at their heart. What is notable, however, is the rubric shift from ‘violence’ to ‘abuse’ in the proposed new legislation and its subscription to a gender symmetry paradigm that suggests a ‘watering down’ of the government’s response to gendered violence.

History

Research Unit

  • Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP)

Published in

Violence Against Women: an international and interdisciplinary journal

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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© the Author

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Acceptance date

20/01/2020

Publication date

2020-06-22

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1077-8012

eISSN

1552-8448

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Jo Aldridge Deposit date: 23 January 2020

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