Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have recorded more than 750 crimes as coercive and controlling behaviour. These were recorded since a change in the law made this possible.
The legislation has been in place since 29 December 2015. It means that victims subjected to continuous behaviour that is controlling or coercive can bring their perpetrators to justice.
In the first year of the legislation, GMP dealt with 126 crimes where coercive and controlling behaviour was a factor. Of these, 32 per cent resulted in a criminal justice outcome. Between December 2016 to November 2017, 628 crimes were dealt with. 19 per cent were dealt with by way of criminal justice outcome.
Detective Superintendent Denise Worth from Greater Manchester Police, said: “Our results indicate that we are heading in the right direction.
“However, we can’t rest on our laurels”, she said. “We need to do more to support and protect victims of domestic abuse.
“Coercive and controlling behaviour is a damaging form of domestic abuse to which victims often describe how they lose a sense of themselves.”
Trust your instinct
GMP is asking everyone to trust their instincts and spot the signs. These can include an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation. Or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
This is along with behaviour that is designed to make the victim subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support.
Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes said: “In Greater Manchester, I’m pleased to see that this legislation and the work of the police and criminal justice system has empowered more people to speak out.
“However, while this should bring hope and confidence to others that there is help and protection available, there is more to be done.”