chapter  4
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Protection After 1997

In 1995 the government introduced the ill-fated Family Homes and Domestic Violence Bill. The original Bill was intended to replace the 'hotchpot of enactments of limited scope'1 with a single enactment providing remedies available in the High Court, county court and magistrates' court. The Bill sought to remedy some of the perceived defects in the existing legislation noted in Chapter 3, but political opposition and a campaign led by the Daily Mail led to the Bill's withdrawal.