CPS updates prosecution guidance on controlling and coercive behaviour
Updates include guidance on manipulative tactics such as love-bombing
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) published updated prosecution guidance on 24 April on controlling and coercive behaviour and stalking or harassment, which includes new advice for prosecutors on tactics such as ‘love-bombing’ and other manipulative behaviour. Love-bombing involves overtly loving acts in combination with other behaviour to confuse the victim and control them. The updated guidance also places emphasis on the importance of considering stalking, harassment and controlling or coercive behaviour alongside other available charges, when dealing with conduct that overlaps these offences.