Abuse at home could be prevented from escalating if it is stopped before the situation gets worse. The offence for coercive and controlling behaviour can help to prevent domestic abuse situations developing by (1) nipping abusive behaviour in the bud, and (2) increasing public awareness that control behaviour such as preventing a person from seeing family and friends or revealing personal medical information about a person is domestic abuse, and a criminal offence. However, since the Act containing the new offence (Serious Crime Act 2015) came into force, the take-up of the new powers has been extremely low.
Awareness of the offence, in general, could help prevent crime as perpetrators would have a better understanding that the behaviour they have shown towards their partner is not acceptable. Our new briefing on the new offence, which came into force on December 2015, explains the type of behaviour that could be classified as controlling and coercive, and also details possible defences.
If you have been accused of a domestic abuse offence, or if you wish to know where you stand in relation to a domestic abuse issue, contact us today. Regardless of where you are in the country, our solicitors have experience and dedication to help you through what can be a complex and difficult process.
Domestic Violence Solicitors in Manchester, England
Offering specialist advice and representation on cases of Domestic Violence, Stephen Lickrish & Associates Solicitors in Manchester can help. Contact us today by calling us at 0161 237 1913 or on 0800 988 64 22 for 24-hour legal advice. Alternatively, contact us by filling out an enquiry form.