THE Government has commenced the Domestic Violence Act 2018 which will improve legal protections available to victims of domestic violence.
The legislation also includes new crimes of coercive control and forced marriage. The laws can protect everybody who is in an intimate relationship.
The offence of coercive control is described as psychological abuse in an intimate relationship that causes fear of violence, or serious alarm or distress that has a substantial adverse impact on a person’s daily activities. Those convicted on indictment face up to five years in jail.