The Serious Crime Bill, including Clause 73 regarding the offence of “Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship”, has completed its journey through Parliament. It received Royal Assent on Tuesday 3 March. The new offence will be implemented in approximately six months or so.

The Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign spearheaded by Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service, the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation and Women’s Aid Campaign team is really pleased to see it go through its final Parliamentary stages and will be working closely with the Home Office, Crown Prosecution Service and Ministry of Justice to ensure statutory guidance on the offence reflects the experiences of survivors.

Laura Richards, Founder of Paladin said: “This is a huge achievement for the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign team and for all the survivors who supported and helped inform the campaign. Thank you to all who supported the campaign, ensuring future victims will be better protected”.