22 December 2014

Brighton & Hove domestic violence commissioner welcomes new law

Commenting on a new domestic abuse offence for "coercive and controlling behaviour", Brighton & Hove City Council Violence against Women and Girls Strategy Manager & Commissioner James Rowlands said:

“The announcement that the UK government is creating a new offence of coercive and controlling behaviour is another step in the right direction. Domestic violence and abuse often involve coercive and controlling behaviour. But it can be hard for victim/survivor, their families and friends, as well as professionals, to recognise this, even though someone may have everything they do monitored by a partner, or is subject to regular bullying, humiliation and intimidation.

“A new offence sends a positive message.  I hope this will help encourage more victims come forward, knowing that coercive and controlling behaviour, like other forms of violence and abuse, are not acceptable. In taking that step, victims need to know that they are not alone and that help and support are available.  

“If you are looking for help or support go to the Brighton and Hove Safe in the City website. For information about domestic violence and abuse, contact the Brighton & Hove RISE Domestic Abuse Helpline on 01273 622822. In an emergency call the police on 999”