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Coercive control: How can you tell whether your partner is emotionally abusive?, by Radhika Sanghani

There is a growing awareness around the signs of coercive control - the emotional and psychological abuse of a partner, through threats and restrictions, as well as physical violence. This raised profile is thanks, in part, to last year's storyline in The Archers - involving Helen Titchener and her emotionally abusive husband Rob.

The BBC Radio 4 soap was following a new law on coercive control, which was introduced at the end of 2015,  after a Home Office consultation - and can carry a jail term of up to five years.

The law - which has been praised by women's charities - can help victims achieve justice and will hopefully instigate cultural change around this lesser-known side of domestic abuse. Although it was only used five times between December 2015 and March 2016, there are now signs that emotionally abusive behaviour is being recognised and taken seriously. This week, it emerged that a police officer who banned girlfriends from talking to men, wearing red nail polish or accepting Tesco deliveries if he was not at home has been kicked off the force. ...


This article was first published in The Telegraph on 16.8.17. You can find the full text here.

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