Webinars by Practice Area
New Domestic Abuse Legislation 2021 – Essential Update for Practitioners
Available from: 15/04/2021
The continuing impact of Covid 19 has not delayed the passage of the revised Domestic Abuse Bill through Parliament. The Bill has already passed all stages of the House of Commons with a view to receiving Royal Assent in April 2021.
Are you ready for the far-reaching changes that this new legislation will bring to all areas of family law?
Not only are the proposals in this Bill long overdue, but now, with the ‘stay at home’ regime, the need for greater and tighter legislation is vital for victims of domestic abuse and their families.
The new provisions will affect the advice given to both alleged victims and identified perpetrators, not only in injunction proceedings, but also in relation to associated children proceedings.
There are new offences created, as well as changes to the current procedure and processes. In particular, what will happen to non- molestation and occupation orders? What advice should you be providing going forward?
There are changes that will impact the advice given by both private practice and local authority lawyers and familiarity with the provisions in the Bill is essential in order to advise competently.
This webinar will consider:
SUBSTANCE OF THE CHANGES
- Nuts and bolts of the new law
- New statutory definition of domestic abuse – How will this change matters?
- What support will be available for children and other specific categories of applicant?
- Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) and the revised duties upon police authorities
- Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Orders – How will this fit alongside the existing protections available?
- Electronic monitoring – How is this going to work?
- Applications in the family court for Domestic Abuse Protection Orders
- Changes to controlling or coercive behaviour offence
- New criminal offences linked to domestic abuse, including non-fatal strangulation and suffocation, disclosure of intimate photographs, and offences committed outside the UK.
MATTERS RELATING TO EVIDENCE
- Special measures – What will change?
- Cross-examination – How will this change?
- What do you need to know when it comes to cross-examination in private children matters going forward?
- How will mandatory polygraph examinations for alleged perpetrators work?
- Tenancies and Local Authorities
- Domestic Abuse Commissioner
- Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Boards
- What should I be doing now?