Reaching a Safe Haven in the Law of Duress?

Criminal Bar Quarterly, Issue 3, Autumn 2013

2 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2015

Date Written: September 9, 2013

Abstract

Welcomes the Court of Appeal ruling in R. v GAC on whether a woman who had suffered from acts of violence at the hands of a man she had been in a relationship with could belatedly rely on the defence of duress because of battered woman syndrome. Comments on the circumstances in which a defendant might raise the defence of duress in relation to criminal conduct for which they might be otherwise liable and considers whether the defendant met the high threshold needed to rely on the defence of duress.

Keywords: Battered Women Syndrome, duress

Suggested Citation

Otchie, Andrew, Reaching a Safe Haven in the Law of Duress? (September 9, 2013). Criminal Bar Quarterly, Issue 3, Autumn 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2650667

Andrew Otchie (Contact Author)

12 Old Square Chambers ( email )

United Kingdom

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