Conviction for coercive control seen as ‘culture change’

Pattern of abusive behaviour needs to be recognised in court

On Wednesday, a jury convicted a 52-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after the first trial under the 2018 Domestic Violence Act.

Ellen Coyne

Ireland’s first conviction for coercive control by a trial has been praised as a sign of a “culture change” amid calls for lawyers and judges to better understand domestic abuse.