The police, Crown Prosecution Service and Courts take a robust stance on domestic violence that has occurred between people who are in a relationship or have been in a relationship. It is important that you receive advice if you are being investigated or have been charged with such an offence.
There is a new offence of Coercive and Controlling behaviour (s76 Serious Crime Act 2015) in an intimate or family relationship. Allegations of this sort are easy to make and can be made by partners to gain an advantage in family proceedings.
See also our section on Domestic Violence Protection Orders.