Lindsay, whose partner abused her physically and psychological
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'The abuse started the day I met him'

Police in England and Wales received more than 900,000 calls about domestic abuse last year - an average of more than 100 calls an hour, according to a report by the police watchdog.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary found the number of incidents recorded by police in the last 18 months has risen by almost a third. It says this is partly due to forces making domestic violence a priority since its last inspection, but it says there are still improvements to be made.

The news comes just two weeks before the government introduces "coercive control" as a new criminal offence, carrying a maximum prison sentence of up to five years.

Lindsay suffered from both physical violence and extreme psychological and emotional abuse, known as coercive control, from her ex-partner. He is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence.

Jeremy Cooke has been speaking to her about her experience.

  • 15 Dec 2015
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