Yet few would realise the legislation has barely changed since the original definition was published in the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, Section 57 for light reading. I knew what it was but not the law which sets out its definition and brought it into the criminal law. I was not alone, having gathered the evidence Essex Police took over and their officer was as much in the dark about the OAtPAct 1861 as myself.
Despite penalties of up to 7 years in prison, a fine or both, my research suggests terms of imprisonment of less than one year. The offender here received 4 months in prison suspended for 12 months
I’m grateful to the Daily Telegraph for their coverage of the case.
So, if you have any concerns over your partner, get in touch!