Teenage victims of domestic violence targeted as d...

UK: Definition widened to include teenagers and 'coercive control' as survey finds young people most likely to be abused by partner.

The official definition of domestic violence is to be changed from March to ensure that thousands of teenage victims who are abused while in a relationship get the help and support they need, ministers are to announce today. It is also to be widened to explicitly include "coercive control", which is defined as complex patterns of abuse by one partner using power and psychological control over another, such as financial, verbal abuse or enforced social isolation.

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