PLANS to introduce a new crime of domestic abuse being considered by ministers have been welcomed by Staffordshire's police tsar.
Matthew Ellis, Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire voiced his support for the Government plans which would mean a new law could cover major psychological abuse such as threatening a partner with violence, cutting them off from friends and family or refusing them access to money in order to limit their freedom.
The PCC’s Strategy on Domestic Violence, published over six months ago, set out tackling domestic violence as a priority for policing and other services. Work is already underway through new investment and improved systems that will see all victims of any crime in Staffordshire offered better specialist support.
Matthew Ellis said: “Domestic abuse is not just physical; the emotional and psychological harm inflicted by a partner in a relationship can be just as damaging and in many cases leads on to physical violence".