The British government is considering whether to add to the definition of domestic violence under the law. Current practice defines domestic violence as, “any incident of threatening behavior, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial, or emotional) between adults who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members.”
British lawmakers are considering two changes needed to help in addressing domestic violence concerns. Under consideration is amending the definition to include forced isolation or psychological domination. Domestic violence experts refer to such practices as “coercive control.” Domestic abusers use coercive control techniques to continue abuse without physical blows.
British legislators are also considering the expansion of the current definition to include individuals under age 18. At present, British statutes do not provide
law enforcement with the needed tools to address increasing violence within teenage romantic relationships.
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