Police slow to engage with ‘coercive control’ laws

December 29, 2017 9 comments

family law

Police forces have been slow to engage with coercive control laws, new figures suggest. Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act came into force at the end of 2015. It defined “controlling or coercive behaviour’ as a form of domestic violence. To count, it must have taken place within an “intimate or family relationship” over…

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Conviction for ‘controlling and coercive behaviour’

April 28, 2016 4 comments

family law

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced the conviction of a 21 year-old for ‘controlling or coercive’ behaviour. The man received six months in prison at Liverpool Magistrates Court for breaching Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act, which came into force at the end of last year and made such behaviour  in an “intimate…

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New government guidance on ‘controlling’ behaviour

December 7, 2015 3 comments

family life

The government has published new guidance on the implementation of laws criminalising controlling behaviour in relationships. Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act became law in October. This controversial piece of legislation made ‘controlling or coercive behaviour’ in an ‘intimate or family relationship’ illegal for the first time. The disputed behaviour must take place “repeatedly…

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The dynamics of domestic violence

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October 13, 2015 2 comments

domestic abuse

Domestic violence is one of the most emotive topics in family law, and unsurprisingly so. Our homes and closest relationships are refuges from the world, places of rest and safety. If these are escapes are shattered by intimidation or violence, whether verbal or physical, the damage can be deep. Over recent years, our understanding of…

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