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Criminal action

This content applies to England & Wales

Examples of what constitutes prosecutable criminal action on domestic violence.


Where a person takes action under the criminal law, the police will prosecute the perpetrator of the violence for committing a particular criminal offence. 

Domestic violence offences

Details of offences relating to domestic violence. 

Offences under the DVCV Act 2004

Offences under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. 

Protection from Harassment Act 1997 criminal offences

Criminal offences under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. 

Criminal injuries compensation

Claiming compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. 

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