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UK broadens definition of domestic abuse to include controlling, coercive and threatening behavior

Woman-in-depression-300x200British Home Secretary Theresa May wants men and women who trap their partners in a cycle of emotional cruelty to be prosecuted and jailed under tough new laws proposed by ministers.

Police and prosecutors would be expected to take action against those who trap their partners in a “living hell” through a campaign of psychological and financial control.

Last year, the British government broadened the definition of domestic abuse to encompass “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse, between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.”

New law to imprison bullying partners: Theresa May set to unveil plans to create domestic abuse offence that would carry maximum five year sentence, from Mail Online.

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Domestic violence laws will now criminalise mental torment, mind games and money controls too… and laws will be applied to those aged under 18, from  Mail Online.

Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign , from Woman’s Aid.

Domestic Abuse:  from having it all to a life of hell, from the Guardian.

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  1. Divorced from Gaslighter says:

    Newstepmom: I once saw a survey asking adults who had the greatest positive influence on them as children. Most people said “mom” or “dad”, but a surprising number of people mentioned school teachers, Sunday school teachers, coaches, or Boy Scout leaders, etc., who don’t really spend that many hours with the child, and more often than not, have little one-on-one time with the child.

    You can have a huge positive impact even if the amount of time that you have with the children is very limited.



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