3. Aggravating factors - domestic context

Aggravating factors

The following aggravating factors may be of particular relevance to offences committed in a domestic context and should be read alongside the generic aggravating and mitigating factors.

Factors indicating higher culpability:

  • abuse of trust and abuse of power;
  • using contact arrangements with a child to instigate an offence;
  • proven history of violence or threats by the offender in a domestic setting;
  • history of disobedience to court orders.

Factors indicating a greater degree of harm:

  • victim is particularly vulnerable;
  • impact on children.