Women’s Aid responds to the Sentencing Council’s new sentencing guidelines on domestic abuse offences


Thursday 22nd February 2018


Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:


“Together with survivors, we have long been calling for the sentencing for domestic abuse offences to reflect the severity of this crime.

“We are therefore pleased that the Sentencing Council has recognised that if an offence has taken place within a domestic context that this makes it more serious. Domestic abuse is not an isolated offence, it is a repeated pattern of controlling and abusive behaviour that has a long-lasting, devastating impact on survivors. In 2016, 78 women were killed by a partner or ex-partner in England and Wales according to the Femicide Census report, a ground-breaking project between Women’s Aid and Karen Ingala Smith.

“We are also pleased that the Sentencing Council has taken on board our concerns about tackling online abuse by recognising that this form of abuse is as equally harmful as that which is perpetrated offline.

“The new guidelines are a major step forward in giving confidence to survivors that they will be listened to, believed and supported by the criminal justice system. We now urge the Sentencing Council to go further by monitoring how the new sentencing guidelines are being used and ensuring that they are being followed effectively. Only by putting a stop to lenient sentencing for domestic abuse offences, can we send out the clear message that domestic abuse is unacceptable and that perpetrators will be held accountable for the abuse.”


Visit the Sentencing Council website for further information on the new guidelines.


For further information, please contact  the Women’s Aid press office on: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]

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