Changes to the Domestic Abuse System

Domestic abusers who control victims via social media or spy on them online could face up to five years in prison under a new law which is now in force.

This will target those who subject spouses, partners and family members to psychological and emotional abuse but stop short of violence.

Women’s Aid have backed the new law.

The new law, brought into force in England and Wales on the 29th December 2015 and comes as Citizens Advice published figures showing a 24% rise in those seeking advice for domestic abuse.

It could involve stopping someone from socialising, controlling their social media accounts, surveillance through apps and dictating what they wear.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse please do not hesitate to contact one of our offices and speak to a Family Specialist.

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