The Home Office is giving police in England and Wales new powers in a drive to crack down on domestic abuse

A new offence of emotional abuse and controlling behaviour has been announced by the government.

The Home Office is giving police in England and Wales new powers in a drive to crack down on domestic abuse.

At the moment the government’s definition of domestic violence recognises the impact of threatening behaviour but it has never been a law.

Home Secretary Theresa May says coercive control “can be tantamount to torture”.

“Domestic abuse is a hideous crime that shatters the lives of victims, trapping them in cycles of abuse that too often end in tragic and untimely deaths,” she said.

“In many cases, dominance over the victim develops and escalates over the years until the perpetrator has complete control.

“The government is committed to protecting the victims of this terrible crime and it is clear that this new offence has the potential to save lives.”

It means that now for the first time people who control their partners through threats or by restricting their personal or financial freedom, could face prison in the same way they do if they’re violent.

A new offence of emotional abuse and controlling behaviour has been announced by the government.

The Home Office is giving police in England and Wales new powers in a drive to crack down on domestic abuse.

At the moment the government’s definition of domestic violence recognises the impact of threatening behaviour but it has never been a law.

Home Secretary Theresa May says coercive control “can be tantamount to torture”.

“Domestic abuse is a hideous crime that shatters the lives of victims, trapping them in cycles of abuse that too often end in tragic and untimely deaths,” she said.

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