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New offence of emotional abuse and controlling behaviour announced

The Home Office is giving police in England and Wales new powers in a drive to crack down on domestic abuse.At the moment the government's definition of domestic violence recognises the impact of threatening behaviour but it has never been a law.

It means that now for the first time people who control their partners through threats or by restricting their personal or financial freedom, could face prison in the same way they do if they're violent.

The new offence, which will come into force in late 2015, will mean abusers could face up to five years behind bars if found guilty of domestic abuse.

Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/