Five years in jail for men who ’emotionally bully’ wives (Now End)

Police and prosecutors are now being trained to recognise patterns of abuse behaviour which meet the criminal threshold. Louisa Rolfe, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the new offence ‘will provide more opportunities to evidence other forms of domestic abuse, beyond physical violence’.

Earlier this month it was revealed that domestic violence police units were on the verge of being ‘overwhelmed’ amid a 31 per cent rise in recorded

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