Women’s Aid welcomes coercive control law
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“Coercive control is at the heart of domestic abuse. Perpetrators will usually start abusing their victim by limiting her personal freedoms, monitoring her every move, & stripping away her control of her life; physical violence often comes later. Women’s Aid & other organisations campaigned to have this recognised in law, & we are thrilled that this has now happened. It is a landmark moment in the UK’s approach to domestic abuse, and must be accompanied by awareness-raising among the public, and comprehensive professional training for all agencies that deal with domestic abuse.
“In particular, it is vital that frontline police officers truly understand coercive control and the impact it has on victims. These officers must be routinely provided with information and details about any previous incidents prior to attending any domestic abuse incident. This requires good data collection, training for police officers and call handlers, effective systems in place, and proper oversight by senior officers. The College of Policing had launched coercive control training, and we urge all police forces across the country to undertake this training. Women’s Aid has created a free coercive control toolkit aimed at parents of teenagers with Avon, and also offers coercive control training; please see our National Training Centre for details.”