Statutory guidance

Statutory guidance framework: controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship

The document is statutory guidance for the investigation of the offence of coercive or controlling behaviour.


This statutory guidance is for the police and criminal justice agencies. It may also be relevant to assist the work of non-governmental organisations and voluntary organisations. It extends to England and Wales only.

This guidance provides information on:

  • identifying domestic violence, domestic abuse and controlling or coercive behaviour
  • circumstances in which the new offence might apply
  • the types of evidence for the offence
  • the defence