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Home Office in the media blog: Monday 11 March

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Home Office in the media

Today's Home Office stories include further coverage of knife crime and male victims of coercive control.

Knife crime

Knife crime continues to receive coverage across print and broadcast this morning.

Across broadcast this morning are reports that a 15-year-old boy has become the second person to be charged with the murder of Jodie Chesney.

The Guardian reports that knife crime is rising at a steeper rate in the home counties and rural provinces than in London, according to police figures. Guardian analysis of official statistics finds a 45.6% average increase in knife-related offences in 34 English and Welsh counties since 2010, compared with an 11% rise in the capital.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

The Home Secretary has made clear that the rise in serious violence across the country is deeply concerning.

The Home Office is working hard with police and other partners to tackle violent crime on many fronts and across the whole country.

The Home Secretary met with senior police officers and partners to discuss what more can be done.

Coercive control

The Telegraph reports that rising numbers of men are becoming trapped in bullying and coercive relationships.

Legal experts claim there has been an increase of cases of men falling victim to controlling behaviour as their partners threaten to restrict access to children. The paper states that the increase is also partly attributable to less social stigma surrounding men who speak out.

According to research seen by The Telegraph, over a third of men in the UK have admitted to being a victim in a coercive-controlling relationship. More than half of respondents reported having experienced some kind of bullying or controlling behaviour at the hands of their partner.

Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerabilities, Victoria Atkins said:

Men can, and do, suffer from crimes such as domestic and sexual abuse. It is a horrendous experience that often goes unrecognised and it is heartbreaking some men feel they cannot report their experiences because of societal views around masculinity.

As a Government we are determined to bring these horrific crimes to light and support victims and survivors, regardless of gender.

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