The House of Commons Justice Committee has broadly welcomed the Sentencing Council's approach to devising guidance to sentencers on domestic abuse through a guideline but recommends some clarifications. The Committee Chair Bob Neill MP said: "These important guidelines are particularly complex due both to the nature of the offences concerned and their relationship to numerous other offences. Having looked at these inter-relationships we make some recommendations for ensuring a more consistent approach is taken so that the guidelines do not lead to unwarranted variations in sentencing." The Government intends to publish a draft Bill on domestic abuse within the next 18 months, and this is likely to have some impact on the contents of the guidelines.
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