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domestic abuse definition widened

19 September 2012

New guidelines concerning domestic violence will now include non–violent coercive behaviour as well as recognising under 18’s as victims; a welcome change from campaigners, the police and support organisations.

Although the new definition will not be written in to law, it will expose the wide range of violence and abuse suffered by individuals. No doubt this will result in an increase in prosecutions as well as encouraging young people to come forward and seek the support they need from the various organisations available.

At present the complex and varied nature of domestic abuse often results in crimes going un noticed, unless the victim suffers physical abuse at the hands of a partner. Lets hope this extension goes far enough in raising awareness amongst those who may also have witnessed abusive behaviour in the past, but failed to recognise or report it.

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