Controlling and Coercive Behaviour a Criminal Offence from 29th December 2015

The Home Office has announced that the new criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour will come into force on 29 December 2015. This means that the police will be able to arrest a domestic abuse perpetrator for the criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour. When the offence comes into force, guidance from the Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service will also be published and you will be able to use this guidance to support the women you work with. 


Women’s Aid campaigned in partnership with Paladin and the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation to create this new criminal offence and with the new offence coming into law soon we hope that it will offer better protection for survivors who are experiencing coercive control and ensure they are able to access the support they need.


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