paper on the topic To what extent does the current law afford victims of domestic abuse effective protection and support.

Hi, need to submit a 2250 words paper on the topic To what extent does the current law afford victims of domestic abuse effective protection and support. The 2004 Act is not restricted to just protecting previously married partners. The Act has repealed s4 which required the courts to have regard to the non-married status of cohabitants when making decisions in respect of domestic violence incidents . Legislation on domestic violence is not just limited to couples who have lived together as man and wife or as a cohabiting couple but now covers anyone who has lived in the same residence as part of a family. This includes same-sex couples as well as parent and child relationships where either the parents are attacking the children or the children are attacking the parents. It has been the long-held opinion that very few cases of domestic violence ever get to court to be fully prosecuted. There is a generalisation that most of the couples are reunited before the case gets to court . This issue has been addressed in recent develops within the criminal justice system by creating a fast-track approach, for domestic violence incidents. Throughout the country most police forces have now adopted a system whereby all such cases involving domestic violence of any sort have to be ready to be heard at court within 14 days of the incident.

 
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