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Coercive Controlling Behaviour

Coercive or Controlling Behaviour

Coercive or controlling behaviour is now a Crime

Victims who would otherwise be subjected to sustained patterns of domestic abuse will be better protected under a new offence, which came into force on 29th December 2015.

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.

Referrals, prosecutions and the volume of convictions for domestic violence and abuse have risen to their highest ever levels.

The government is committed to supporting the police to bring offenders to justice and to ensure victims have the support they need to rebuild their lives.

Coercive or controlling behaviour does not relate to a single incident, it is a purposeful pattern of incidents that occur over time in order for one individual to exert power, control or coercion over another.

 

The new offence aims to close a gap in the law around patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour during a relationship between intimate partners, former partners who still live together, or family members.

This sends a clear message that it is wrong to violate the trust of those closest to you, providing better protection to victims experiencing continuous abuse and allowing for earlier identification, intervention and prevention.

Statutory guidance framework: controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship. This statutory guidance is for the police and criminal justice agencies. It may also be relevant to assist the work of non-governmental organisations and voluntary organisations. It extends to England and Wales only.

 

This guidance provides information on:

  • identifying domestic violence, domestic abuse and controlling or coercive behaviour
  • circumstances in which the new offence might apply
  • the types of evidence for the offence
  • the defence

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-guidance-framework-controlling-or-coercive-behaviour-in-an-intimate-or-family-relationship

News

Disrespect NoBody campaign

The second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017.

The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.

For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website www.disrespectnobody.co.uk where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.

Please click on the link below to download the partner brief and campaign materials.
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Disrespect_NoBody_2017.pdf.pdf

Click here to go to their website