We write to say how pleased we are that the government has expanded the definition of domestic violence to include "coercive control" (Report, 19 September). This means domestic violence is no longer simply viewed as individual acts of behaviour, but defined as a pattern of ongoing power and control, by one individual over another. This can include intimidation and threats to carry out violence or abuse. We are also pleased the work will reach out to teenagers and young women and men.

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