Chattertons Solicitors Banner Image
News and Events

Changes to Domestic Abuse laws considered by Government

  • Posted

Domestic abuse laws could be changed to include emotional and psychological harm by a partner within a relationship.

On Wednesday the Government began to look at strengthening the law by changing the definition of domestic abuse. New laws would explicitly state that abuse covers coercive and controlling behaviour as well as physical harm.

The police response to domestic abuse in England and Wales has been recently condemned as “alarming and unacceptable” by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

Abuse in a non physical form is harder to recognise and police are failing to see it as a serious crime. From a partner taking control of your bank accounts or stopping you from seeing your family and friends, there are many forms of non physical abuse.

If you feel you have been affected by any form of domestic abuse contact our Lincoln office for a free initial consultation on 01522 545141.