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Domestic violence law 'to cover psychological abuse'

Emotional and psychological abuse in relationships could be given the same status under law as physical abuse.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has launched a consultation to look at strengthening the law on domestic violence by creating a new offence of domestic abuse.

It could help protect victims whose partners threaten them with violence, cut them off from friends and family, or refuse them access to money.

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New law shows Government 'takes emotional abuse seriously'

Government plans to strengthen domestic violence laws to better support victims of psychological and emotional abuse are partly about sending a message "that this is a crime, we are taking it seriously", a Home Office minister told Good Morning Britain.

Norman Baker MP said this would give victims the confidence to come forwards.

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