Consultation on Non Fatal Strangulation

Consultation opened on 07 July 2021. Closing date 24 September 2021.


This consultation addresses a recommendation made by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland that the Department of Justice should review how potential inadequacies in current legislation regarding the act of choking or strangulation by defendants could be addressed.


Consultation description

The closing date for this consultation has been extended by one week to facilitate the provision of responses.  The consultation will close on 24 September 2021.

In developing this public consultation, the Review Team considered developments in jurisdictions around the world and the contributions from a group of experts in the field.  The Team also followed developments in England and Wales.  On 29 April 2021, the England and Wales Domestic Abuse Bill, which included a late amendment to create a new strangulation offence, received Royal Assent.

Responding to this Consultation

The Department is seeking your views on the issues raised by this consultation and any other comments on non-fatal strangulation policy that you consider relevant. 

Response should be made via Citizenspace on the NIDirect website.

If you require a hard copy of this consultation document or have any other enquiries please email your request to or you can write to us at:

Criminal Justice Policy and Legislation Division
Department of Justice
Massey House
Stormont Estate
Belfast, BT4 3SX

The Department will publish a summary of responses to the consultation. 

Duration and Closing Date

The consultation will be open for 10 weeks.  The closing date is 17 September 2021.

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