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Domestic abuse victim: 'He held a knife to my throat'

The definition of domestic abuse has been widened so it covers forms of non-violent coercive behaviour and under-18s for the first time.

It means behaviour such as preventing partners from leaving the house or having access to a phone could lead to a prosecution.

The changes, which will be implemented in March 2013, follow calls from local authorities, police and voluntary organisations.

One young victim of domestic violence describes how an abusive relationship led her to take an overdose to get out of the situation.

  • 19 Sep 2012
  • From the section UK