Domestic abusers are to face harsher sentences. This is taken from the College of Policing website:
Tougher jail sentences await domestic abusers who use social media
Abuse using email, text messages, social networking sites and GPS trackers is being tackled
Domestic abuse offenders found to be using technology such as text messages and social networks to harass victims could face tougher prison sentences under new guidelines introduced last month.
Officers and police staff are being advised that later this year courts across England and Wales will be using new guidance when issuing sentences for domestic violence cases.
Current guidance says offences committed in both domestic and non-domestic settings should be treated as being equally serious.
But under new guidelines, offences committed in a domestic setting will be treated as being more serious after it was acknowledged that domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident and is usually part of a longer term cycle of violence.