ACPO comment on the new definition for domestic abuse
ACPO lead on domestic abuse Chief Constable Carmel Napier said:
"The new definition for domestic abuse will assist police in identifying those most vulnerable to violence in domestic situations, particularly young victims.
"The latest crime survey for England and Wales shows that 31 per cent of women and 18 per cent of men have experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of 16 - equating to a staggering 5 million female victims and 2.9 million male victims.
"We also know that domestic abuse may often include coercive control, a complex pattern of abuse using power and psychological control over another, such as financial control, verbal abuse and/or forced social isolation. These incidents may vary in seriousness and are often repeated over time.
"The amendments to the definition which come into force at the end of the month (March 31) are key to helping raise awareness and enable effective prevention working in partnership with all agencies."