3. Aggravating factors - domestic context
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.