Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate or Family RelationshipGuidance

The Serious Crime Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) received royal assent on 3 March 2015. The Act creates a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships (section 76). 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 5 years’ imprisonment, a fine or both.

This guidance is issued as statutory guidance under section 77 of the 2015 Act. A person investigating offences in relation to controlling or coercive behaviour under section 76 must have regard to it.

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