Coercive control law a “welcome step”

Citizens Advice logoCitizens Advice has said today that victims of domestic abuse should feel the law is on their side and has highlighted the importance of people being able to recognise abuse. The national charity has welcomed the coercive control offence that will come into effect later this month, as well as new efforts being made by the Government to tackle domestic abuse.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said:
“All victims of domestic abuse should feel the law is on their side. The new offence of coercive and controlling behaviour is a very welcome step to ending the suffering of people whose abusive partners have inflicted emotional cruelty or financial ruin.

“Citizens Advice helps thousands of victims of domestic abuse every year and we know how damaging it can be when an abusive partner controls someone’s movements or day to day spending. But just 2 in 5 adults are aware that domestic abuse can include a financial element. We have worked with the Government make sure the new law is effective at helping victims and we are pleased they will continue to invest in tackling domestic abuse. Friends and family are often the only ones who suspect someone is in an abusive relationship, so it is important more people know how to recognise abuse and feel able to suggest specialist help to victims as early as possible.”

Citizens Advice 5 December 2015

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