Letitia Egan writes for Law Society Gazette

August 7, 2023

Letitia Egan has reviewed “Blackstone’s Guide to The Domestic Abuse Act 2021” writing for Law Society Gazette. The book gives detailed and expert coverage of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 which she describes as “a succinct, highly readable manual on the legislative changes… relevant – and accessible – not just to practising lawyers but also those working in the public sector and charities”

The book features:

-an expert explanation and analysis of the scope, extent and effect of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, including commentary on the non-fatal strangulation provisions;
-hears from authors with extensive experience and expertise drawn from statutory and voluntary sectors including Katy Swaine Williams (Centre for Women’s Justice), Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters), Gill Hague (Professor Emerita of Violence Against Women Studies, University of Bristol) and Tina Hemmingway (Gloucestershire County Council);
-chapters include analysis from legal practitioners in criminal and policing law with authors Martin O’Neill (Senior Lecturer in Criminal Investigation at CCCU), Matthew Bland (Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University), and Vicki McLellan (Cambridge Centre for Evidence-Based Policing); Felicia Davy co-authors the chapter on “Offences Involving Abusive Or Violent Behaviour (s. 70- 71)”
-includes the full text of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021

Letitia says: “For practitioners, new legislation brings with it the need to rapidly get to grips with the statute and, as invariably follows, interpretations of it. The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 was no different. It introduced the new offence of non-fatal strangulation and new civil injunctions in the form of Domestic Abuse Protection Notices, and gave statutory footing to the common law position that there is no such thing as a ‘rough sex’ defence.”

She concludes: “On a practical level, the guide includes a copy of the act itself, a list of ‘need to know’ cases and a very helpful index. It is an important supplement to an extremely important piece of legislation.”

Read more: [Law Gazette]

Gillian Jones KC with Professor Susan Edwards (Professor Emerita of Law at the University of Buckingham and RLC Door Tenant) and David Malone (Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London South and former member of RLC) contributed to and edited the book which is available to buy now and is published by Oxford University Press. For more information please see: [Blackstone’s Guide to the Domestic Abuse Act 2021]