Domestic Violence: Should Emotional Abuse be a Crime?

The Home Office has announced that there will be a consultation on whether to criminalise emotional abuse that forms part of domestic abuse within relationships. The government is seeking views on whether controlling behaviour, such as controlling who a partner can see and where they can go, should be a crime in its own right.

At present, legislation covers harassment and stalking offences, but no offence specifically relates to non-physical abusive behaviour between partners. The announcement follows the recent introduction of Domestic Violence Prevention Notices and Orders, which prevent contact between alleged perpetrators and victims of domestic violence even when there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution. It is thought that the Government is seeking to make the changes in response to perceived poor performance by the Police in relation to Domestic Violence. The consultation will run until October this year.

Should you or anyone you know be accused of domestic violence and need help then please contact our Crime Department at our Leicester office on 0116 2554855 or our Loughborough Office on 01509 610312.