It became a criminal offence in December 2015 to use coercive or controlling behaviour over someone. There has now been a conviction under this new law. This means that victims of domestic abuse do not necessarily just need to rely on issuing a ~Court application for a Non-Molestation and Occupation Order, the type of domestic abuse that they are subject to may fall under this new law meaning their partner could be sentenced in a criminal Court for their controlling behaviour.
A controlling lover who psychologically bullied his partner has become one of the first men to be prosecuted under a new law. Sam Williams, 28, rarely let his girlfriend out alone, cut her off from friends, checked her messages and told her what clothes to wear, leaving her feeling “worthless”. During their 18-month relationship he continually belittled his victim and made her believe she needed only him, cutting her off from family and friends. Now Williams, from Stoke, Staffs, has been convicted after admitting a new offence of “using coercive or controlling behaviour” introduced at the end of last year which can carry a prison sentence of up to five years .