Perpetrators of domestic abuse more likely to go to jail

New rules in England and Wales advise punishing emotional or psychological abuse

Perpetrators of domestic abuse are more likely to be sent to prison – even if they inflict emotional or psychological rather than physical harm alone – under new guidelines being published by the Sentencing Council.

Existing rules recommend that convicted offenders whose actions result in serious violence “will warrant a custodial sentence in the majority of cases”. The fresh advice for judges released on Thursday extends that principle to include cases where “the emotional/psychological harm caused is severe”.

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