New campaign raises awareness of coercive control
This week Birmingham Community Safety Partnership has launched its Spring domestic violence & abuse awareness raising campaign. The ‘This is domestic abuse’ campaign seeks to inform victims, their families and friends that coercive control is a form of domestic abuse.
The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of coercive control and its definition and helping women understand that a pattern of controlling or coercive behaviour is a form of domestic abuse under the Serious Crime Act 2015.
The new offence closes a gap in the law around patterns of controlling or coercive behaviour in an ongoing relationship between intimate partners or family members. The offence carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a fine or both. The Government’s definition also includes honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or know somebody who is, call the Freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid on 0808 800 0028. In an emergency, always dial 999.
To find out more about the campaign visit the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership website.
Pictured L-R: Police & Crime Commissioner David Jamieson; Maureen Connolly Chief Executive at Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid; Cllr Shafique Shah Cabinet Member for Inlusion & Community Safety; Cath Hannon Member of the West Midlands Strategic & Policing Crime Board.