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On 25 November 2010 the government committed further central funding for domestic violence support services over the next 4 years (2014 to 2015).
By including this age group the government hopes to encourage young people to come forward and get the support they need, through a helpline or specialist service.
The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is: any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
This follows the successful conclusion of a 1 year pilot in the Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire, West Mercia and Wiltshire police force areas.
Under the scheme an individual can ask police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past. If records show that an individual may be at risk of domestic violence from a partner, the police will consider disclosing the information.
A young people’s panel will be set up by the NSPCC.