Authorities 'fail to recognise controlling behaviour'

Some 88% of abused women questioned by three campaign groups felt the criminal justice system did not take psychological abuse into account

Women's Aid, the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation and Paladin carried out an online survey of 258 abuse victims and found:.

  • A further 94% felt that mental cruelty could be worse than physical violence
  • Of those questioned, 88% (228) had experienced domestic violence for more than a year

Read: Anti-domestic violence campaigners call for law change

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Anti-domestic violence campaigners call for law change

Psychological abuse should be made a crime, according to campaigners, who want legislation to be brought in to make "coercive control" an arrestable offence.