Northern Ireland: Domestic abuse: Naomi Long says victims can have confidence in new laws

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'New domestic abuse laws in NI should give victims "more confidence" to report such crimes, Naomi Long has said.

The justice minister was speaking ahead of landmark legislation finishing its final legal hurdle at Stormont on Monday.

The laws have been long-awaited, after the NI Assembly's collapse in 2017 stalled the process.

It will mean coercive control becomes an offence in NI for the first time.

Coercive control includes psychological abuse and non-violent intimidation.

Mrs Long also introduced separate legislation on Monday to make stalking a specific offence in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that does not have anti-stalking laws.'

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