Coercive or controlling behaviour now a crime (29/12/15)

Victims who would otherwise be subjected to sustained patterns of domestic abuse will be better protected under a new offence, which has come into force.

The government’s new coercive or controlling behaviour offence will mean victims who experience the type of behaviour that stops short of serious physical violence, but amounts to extreme psychological and emotional abuse, can bring their perpetrators to justice

The offence will carry a maximum of 5 years’ imprisonment, a fine or both.




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