Controlling and coercive behaviour

21 June 2017

Queen’s Speech: protecting the victims of domestic violence and abuse

The recent General Election followed heated debates across Parliament and the media in relation to how to ensure the safety of our country as a whole. However, over the past two years the Government has also placed increasing focus on the safety of individuals suffering violence at home. 

2 September 2016

Controlling and Coercive Behaviour Figures: No Surprise

As social media is alive with commenting on the The Archers Helen Tichener trial (see our related blog series From the Archers to Archbold), the authorities’ way of dealing with domestic abuse is in the media spotlight. 

Indeed, tackling domestic abuse was a priority for the Prime Minister Theresa May during her time as Home Secretary and in December 2015 the offence of controlling or coercive behaviour was introduced. 
 

Nick Dent

9 December 2015

Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship – preparing for the new offence

In preparation for introduction of the offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or family relationship, the Home Office has produced statutory guidance for the police and criminal justice agencies. With the provisions coming into force on 29 December 2015 John Harding discusses the new offence and examines the challenges surrounding the policing and prosecution of this. 

John Harding

11 September 2014

Facing an allegation of domestic abuse on relationship breakdown

Despite decades of work by governments, police agencies, and charities, the statistics relating to domestic abuse are still horrific.

In our experience, it is often at the point of breakup of a relationship that allegations of abuse first surface, which can lead to criminal and civil consequences for the abuser, and can make an already complicated and difficult situation even more tense.

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