Five years in jail for men who ’emotionally bully’ wives: New law will target bullies who control partners with ‘coercive and controlling behaviour’
- Change is to the Serious Crime Bill and is called a ‘landmark movement’
- Now people can be prosecuted even if there is no physical harm done
- Bad behaviour can include controlling a person’s social media accounts
- Five million women and 2.5 million men will suffer abuse in their lives
Bullies who emotionally abuse partners face up to five years in prison.
Under laws coming into force today, anyone who inflicts psychological cruelty on their other halves can be prosecuted – even if there is no direct physical harm.
For the first time, domestic abusers who stop short of lashing out at their victims will be targeted with a new offence where there is evidence of ‘coercive and controlling behaviour’.
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