A new report from think tank the Centre for Social Justice has called for a widening of the offence of domestic abuse to include cruel mind games.
A new law is now in force to tackle cases of causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child or vulnerable adult. The offence, part of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Act 2012, came into effect on Monday.
Victims of domestic violence will have an additional source of help when new domestic abuse guidance for general practices is released this June.
The home secretary has announced that police forces in Greater Manchester, Gwent, Nottinghamshire and Wiltshire are to pilot a new domestic violence disclosure scheme (DVDS).