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Reference: T12398/12 17 September 2012
Dear Ms XXXXX,
Thank you for your e-mail of 5 September about the consultation on domestic violence. Your e-mail has been passed to the Direct Communications Unit and I have been asked to reply.
On 14 December 2011 the Home Office published a consultation inviting views on whether the current cross-government definition of domestic violence should be widened. We sought views on whether the current definition is being applied consistently across government, and if practitioners, victims and perpetrators understand it.
There were four options for consideration in this consultation, which are as follows:
• The definition of domestic violence remains the same
• The definition of domestic violence is amended to include coercive control
• The Government''s definition of domestic violence is extended to all 16- to 17-year-olds
• The Government''s definition of domestic violence is extended to all those under 18.
The consultation closed on 30 March and we are now considering the responses, so an announcement will be made in due course.
Direct Communications Unit