Islanders are being invited to have their say on Jersey’s new home abuse legislation.
The session, which opens right now (11 October), will assist the States of Jersey Police form the brand new legislation which it hopes to usher in subsequent yr.
It would intention to create a definition of home abuse for the primary time, and can acknowledge controlling and coercive behaviour as an offence.
The legislation will even legally recognise that abuse doesn’t solely happen in intimate relationships.
Figures from States of Jersey Police present that as much as September 2021 there have been 214 home abuse crimes reported. Of those, there have been 9 convictions.
However statistics additionally present that 59% of home abuse victims won’t assist a legal prosecution for varied causes, together with concern of retribution, monetary implications, youngster contact and housing implications.
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