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Domestic violence laws to cover 16-17 year olds

Currently, domestic violence laws only apply to people over 18 years of age.  However, the Government has announced that it is now looking at changing those laws to cover 16 and 17 year olds as well, in order to make more help available to more teenagers who are considered vulnerable and in need of protection.

It is understood that 19,000 women over the age of 18 experience domestic violence each week in the United Kingdom and domestic abuse accounts for 18% of all violent crime in England and Wales.