Domestic violence crackdown

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NEW guidelines have been issued to help tackle domestic violence.

Under the shake-up, the definition of domestic abuse will cover forms of non-violent coercive behaviour and under-18s for the first time.

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

It is hoped the changes, to be introduced in March, will secure more prosecutions.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “These changes are about the Government taking the lead to help expose the true face of domestic violence, which is much more widespread than people often realise.”