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.