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The paper identifies an increasing civil-criminal ‘hybridisation’ of protection orders in England and Wales, and argues that a dual regime has developed, with orders issued by police and/or in criminal proceedings increasingly privileged (and enforced) over victim-led civil orders. Whilst protection orders are being used – as intended – flexibly to protect domestic violence victims, the way they are applied in practice risks downgrading domestic violence in criminal justice terms.
The conclusions are especially timely in light of current Government proposals to rationalise protection orders by introducing a single overarching Domestic Abuse Protection Order in England and Wales.
- SPS Centre for Gender and Violence Research
- protection orders
- non molestation orders
- restraining orders
- domestic violence protection orders
- civil justice
- Domestic Abuse Bill
- Domestic Abuse Protection Order
Hester, M., Abrahams, H. A., Aghtaie, N., Bates, L., Eisenstadt, N., Gangoli, G., Matolcsi, A., Mulvihill, N., Patsios, D., Turner, W., Walker, S., Williamson, E., Robinson, A., McPhee, D., Rumney, P., Williams, A., Sterk, G. & Magnusson, L.
1/10/15 → 18/05/18