Calan DVS is delighted to have been involved with delivering training to South Wales Police in partnership with other agencies for Welsh Women’s Aid.
Over the past two months Police officers across South Wales have been receiving training in recognising and tackling the offence of coercive control.
The new legislation, which came into force on 29 December under the Serious Crime Act 2015, means those who subject victims to repeated controlling or coercive behaviour can face up to five years in prison.
The law states that coercive or controlling behaviour does not relate to a single incident. Instead it is a “purposeful pattern of incidents that occur over time enabling someone to exert power and control, or coerce another”.
Coercive control is an insidious pattern of behaviour that can start very gradually but build up to have an enormous impact on the victim, as the individual incidents of coercive control may not on their own meet the threshold of a criminal offence, it is vital police are trained to recognise an overall cumulative pattern.
This behaviour can include threats, humiliation or intimidation, and can also affect a victim's quality of life by stopping a partner or family member from socialising, seeing family members, wearing certain clothing not being allowed to do anything without first gaining permission. This can make evidence gathering more complex.
If you believe that you are in an abusive relationship, please call the Fear free helpline on 0808 80 10 800, call 999 in an emergency or alternatively call Calan DVS numbers can be found on our website http://www.calandvs.org.uk/