28.01.2016 - Coercive or controlling behaviour now a crime

A new act, The Serious Crime Act 2015 (the 2015 Act), has come into force creating a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships (section 76). This closes the gap in the law around patterns of controlling or coercive behaviour in an ongoing relationship between intimate partners or family members.

Sue Devereaux, Solicitor in GoodyBurrett’s Family department “The act is very welcome, victims who would otherwise be subjected to sustained patterns of domestic abuse will be better protected under the new offence”.

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.

It is hoped that the introduction of the new Act sends a clear message that it is wrong to violate the trust of those closest to you. As well as providing better protection to victims experiencing continuous abuse; allowing for earlier identification, intervention and prevention. Our team of experts can advise and assist with whatever issues you face; we will discuss with you the options available and advise as to the most appropriate way to deal with your issues.

GoodyBurrett’s Mediation Services and Family Department are here for you whatever the problem. For confidential advice and support speak to one of team on 01206 577676.

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