Since the 29th December 2015, ‘controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship’ is illegal. It does not need to be physically violent; it does not even need to be physically threatening, but it is abuse. They can be tried in a criminal court and face up to five years in prison if found guilty.
This new law also speaks to the victims of domestic abuse up and down the country. It sends a message about the experience they’re having. And that is why we must do what we can to promote it and raise its awareness.
Domestic abuse campaigns and adverts often depict terrible scenes: pictures of women covered in bruises and men with their fists in the air. And this absolutely happens, and is a huge and abhorrent problem; indeed, 100,000 people a year are at risk of being murdered or seriously injured by a partner/ex-partner. However, not every victim of abuse will recognise this scene. We must raise awareness that where there is coercion and control, whether a relationship is violent or not, it is still abuse. For people whose decisions, choices, lives are not wholly theirs anymore – whose relationship has become a source of fear: it has never been acceptable, it has always been dangerous, and now it is illegal.
If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse get in touch today.
Call CEA on: 01324 635661
In an emergency, always call 999!