Such a crime will carry the penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment. It is another step towards not just acknowledging the damage domestic abuse can cause but helping victims define what is happening to them and realise their partner's behaviour is not usual in a healthy relationship.
Another supporter of the proposed bill is Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd: "It is high time that the criminal law was amended so that domestic abuse was made a criminal offence in its own right - that is why I will be introducing this as a Bill early in the new year."
The addition...helps not just the victim but potential supporters recognise this behaviour as abuse.
The necessity of such definitions is vital in order for clarity on all sides when it comes to domestic abuse. In 2011 when the government launched aconsultation on the definition of domestic violence Sarah Montague interviewed a woman on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme who had been a victim of both domestic violence and then abuse.
Vicky, a survivor of domestic violence and abuse explained that she had not left the abusive relationship because it was hard for her and her family to recognise it was abusive when the abuse was not physical. When discussing her relationship Vicky told Montague that people had said "at least he's not putting you in hospital." She added that "It is important that women understand this is abuse...you don't have to be hit...to be abused."
Diana Barran, chief executive of Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse said on the same programme that: "People are completely controlled in all of their daily activities, prevented from taking their medication, prevented from seeing any friends, controlled what they wear, who they talk to, literally on every single level, and sometimes almost kept kidnapped in their home."
The addition of emotional blackmail and coercive control helps not just the victim but potential supporters recognise this behaviour as abuse. This bill could be the beginning of a safer 2014 for many people.