New guidelines on domestic abuse
19 September 2012Non-violent coercive behaviour and under-18s are to be covered in a new definition of domestic abuse.
The new definition includes behaviour such as preventing partners from leaving the house or having access to a phone and could lead to a conviction.
The Home Office hopes that by broadening the definition it will increase awareness of domestic abuse and may lead to more prosecutions.
It is also hoped that by including under-18s in the definition it will result in more young people seeking help and support.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "These changes are about government taking a lead to help expose the true face of domestic violence, which is much more complex and much more widespread than people often realise.
"Suffering at the hands of people who are meant to care for you is horrific at any age. But it can be especially damaging for young people - the scars can last a lifetime.
"Campaigners, councils, the police - the people on the front line - have called for this new definition so that they can do their job and provide victims with the right support."
The changes will be implemented in March 2013.
Last year, as in previous years, domestic abuse is the top reason for Small Grants being awarded by Buttle UK.
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