Many forms of psychological abuse are now covered by the law which recognises that domestic abuse is not strictly limited to physical violence. Here, we've taken a look at 11 of the things it is now illegal for your partner to do in a relationship.
New laws surrounding revenge porn make it illegal for someone to share intimate photographs of you with anyone, whether that is on or offline. It is illegal for someone to share intimate photographs of you with anyone else.
Even if they are the breadwinner, the law says one partner cannot stop the other from accessing money and should not give them punitive allowances.
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Constant insults from a partner might not be typically thought of as domestic abuse, but under the new law, persistent name-calling, mocking and other forms of insulting behaviour are now illegal.
If your partner isolates you from the people you love whether monitoring or blocking your calls or emails, telling you where you can or cannot go, or preventing you from seeing friends or relatives it is against the law.
Your partner might not physically assault you, but if they are doing enough to frighten you, they are committing an offence. This can include making angry gestures, breaking things, punching walls and much more.
Whether your partner is saying they will tell people details about your health or sexual orientation, repeated threats to reveal personal and private information is a form of abuse.
The Crown Prosecution Service says it is illegal under the new legislation to monitor a person using online communication tools or spyware.
If your partner persistently accuses you of cheating just for looking at someone this could be grounds for prosecution. Extreme jealousy, including possessiveness and ridiculous accusations of cheating comes under the new law.
A relationship should be a partnership, with neither partner having control over the other. The Crown Prosecution Service says these include rules which humiliate, degrade or dehumanise the victim'.
Your partner taking control over any part of your life is highlighted in the new law, including restricting who you see and where you go. Controlling what you wear or how you look could also now be grounds for prosecution.
Your partner forcing you to commit crimes, neglecting or abusing your children, or forcing you to have sex when you don't want to, look at pornographic material, or have sex with others all counts as abuse.