This consultation seeks views on whether the current law on domestic abuse needs to be strengthened to offer better protection to victims. It is specifically focused on whether we should create a specific offence that captures patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate relationships, inline with the government’s non-statutory definition of domestic abuse. How to respond.Please send us your comments by using our online form. You may wish to read through the full consultation document first before beginning the online survey. The closing date for responses is 15 October 2014.