05 July 2021
The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (Commencement No 1 and Saving Provisions) Regulations 2021 came in force on Monday 5 July 2021.
These regulations bring in force:
for specified purposes only, the following sections of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021:
section 1 (definition of 'domestic abuse')
section 2 (definition of 'personally connected')
in relation to specified areas, for a specified period, section 76:
Section 76 makes amendments to section 28 of the Offender Management Act 2007 (application of polygraph condition), which permits a polygraph condition to be included in the licence of an offender who has been convicted of a specified offence and is released from custody on licence.
Section 28 already covered relevant sexual offences and relevant terrorist offences, as defined in that section.
Between 5th July 2021 and 5 July 2024, section 28 also applies to relevant offences involving domestic abuse (see subsections (3A) to (3C)) in the following police areas: Cheshire; Cleveland; Cumbria; Durham; Greater Manchester; Humberside; Lancashire; Lincolnshire; Merseyside; Northumbria; North Yorkshire; South Yorkshire; and West Yorkshire.
section 78 - amendments only. This section amends part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 and gives those who are eligible and are homeless as a result of being a victim of domestic abuse, 'priority need' for accommodation secured by the local authority.