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​Police in UK to pilot new domestic abuse initiative

21st September 2016
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Police in UK to pilot new domestic abuse initiative

Police officers who attend domestic abuse incidents are being trained to identify the signs of controlling behaviour

Research from the College of Policing found a number of risk factors are being overlooked.

New laws were introduced in 2015 to tackle perpetrators who subject spouses, partners or other family members to "controlling or coercive" behaviour, with offenders facing up to five years in prison.

Three unnamed forces in England and Wales are taking part in a pilot scheme.

Officers who are called out to domestic abuse incidents will be looking for certain behaviours and dangerous patterns of abuse with a view to taking action.

Peter Jones, a former senior inspector at Nottinghamshire police said: “There’s no doubt that there’s still an awful lot of abuse, and at one time it was all referred to as domestic violence, so psychological abuse went unreported.”

“Now people realise it is a very serious form of abuse, so the police are starting to take some action over it.”

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