Justice Minister Naomi Long MLA today introduced the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill 2020 to the Assembly.
The Bill will create a new domestic abuse offence for Northern Ireland which will capture patterns of controlling and coercive behaviour, as well as physical abuse, against a partner, former partner or family member.
The legislation is required to close a gap in the law and ensure that protection for victims is not limited to physically violent behaviour, as at present.
We have made quite a number of applications remotely for non molestation orders in the last 2 weeks.
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