8 Mar 2018

Domestic violence consultation launched

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

It is International Women’s Day and the government has chosen it to launch a consultation on domestic violence, which it describes as a “once in a generation opportunity ” to help stamp out abuse. Among its proposals, a move to put a greater focus on emotional and psychological abuse as well as physical violence. The Prime Minister said “abuse takes many forms, including controlling and coercive behaviour which isolates victims”. I spoke to Helen Walmsley-Johnson, who’s written a book about being controlled psychologically in an abusive relationship.