‘Manipulative’ boyfriend, 31, becomes the first person in the UK convicted for coercive behaviour based on ‘hearsay’ evidence……….
- Steven Saunders was jailed for ‘aggressive and manipulative’ behaviour
- Medical professionals including midwives became aware of what he was doing
- They reported it too the police and under new legislation he was prosecuted
- For the first time there was no requirement for the victim to give evidence
‘I didn’t know emotional abuse was a thing’
Looking back Jennifer says it is “as clear as day” that she suffered emotional abuse in her relationship with her ex-boyfriend.
Child referred to social services every 49 seconds amid rising reports of domestic violence
Councils warn they face pressures on ‘staggering scale’ as data shows there were 646,120 referrals to children’s services last year – equating to 1,770 referrals per day