The Home Secretary Theresa May has confirmed that coercive and controlling behaviour will now be considered as a Domestic Violence offence. The maximum penalty for this behaviour will be 5 years imprisonment and a fine.
The Home office says that the new law will be helping to protect victims from the extreme psychological and emotional abuse that coercive control can bring by outlawing sustained patterns of behaviour that do not quite amount to serious physical violence. Victims of coercive and controlling behaviour often have every aspect of their lives controlled by the other person in the relationship, often being humiliated and intimidated.
The offence will be drafted in an manner that makes it clear and proportionate, so it does not impact on normal power dynamics within relationships.
Theresa May said:
“Coercive control can be tantamount to torture. In many cases, dominance over the victim develops and escalates over the years until the perpetrator has complete control” She expressed that victims of this form of abuse are often left “living in fear for their lives”
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