Evaluation of the measures to support victims of domestic violence in the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act (2004) and the proposed Croydon Integrated Domestic Violence Court
- Funder: Ministry of Justice
- Lead applicant: Professor Marianne Hester
- Co-researcher: Dr Emma Williamson
- Dates: May 2006 - December 2008
- Research centre: The Violence Against Women Research Group and Family Policy and Child Welfare
Early evaluation of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.
Report available from the Ministry of Justice website at http://www.justice.gov.uk/docs/domestic-violence-report-2004.pdf (PDF, 262Kb).
Published on: 14 August 2008
This study was commissioned to provide an early evaluation of some of the measures of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.
The report focuses on the three measures of the Act that were implemented during the evaluation period:
- making common assault an arrestable offence*
- making it an arrestable, criminal offence to breach a non-molestation order
- extending the civil law on domestic violence (to ensure cohabiting same-sex couples have the same access to non-molestation and occupation orders as opposite sex couples, and non-molestation orders are available to couples who have never cohabited).
* Although this measure was superseded by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, which amended the list of arrestable offences making all offences arrestable, this is still included within the scope of this evaluation.
This study focuses on the implementation of the Integrated Domestic Violence Court.
You can download the latest report here ( PDF 293Kb (PDF, 292kB)) or from the Ministry of Justice website at http://www.justice.gov.uk/docs/evaluation-court-croydon.pdf
Note: some of the documents on this page are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader