Lincolnshire Police sees increase in reports of domestic abuse
The definition of domestic abuse has been widened to include psychological intimidation and controlling behaviour and teenagers who are being abused in a relationship.
It means controlling acts such as preventing partners from leaving the house, having access to a phone or controlling money are to be considered.
It is hoped the broadened definition will increase awareness of what domestic abuse is and who suffers it.
Karen Shooter, domestic abuse manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and it’s often more complex and widespread than people realise.
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“Suffering at the hands of people who are meant to care for you is horrific at any age, whether that be your partner or family members.
“The scars can last forever and it is worrying to see young people increasingly reporting abuse in their relationships.
“Put simply, the change in definition highlights that domestic abuse is not always physical and that young people suffer abuse in their relationships too.
Lincolnshire Police continues to see a year-on-year increase in reports of domestic incidents and is continuing to run its ‘Say No to Violence and Abuse’ campaign.
Superintendent Rick Hatton, head of public protection, said: “We want to use this opportunity to highlight the issue, to make people re-assess their own relationships and where necessary, to seek support.”
Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse service is asking young people who have been in abusive relationships to get in touch via www,teeninforlincs.com/escapeabuse.
In an emergency, call 999.