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'I knew he was capable of killing me'

The government is launching a consultation on the definition of domestic violence. It's expected to look at whether under-18s should be included and whether the element of coercive control, which can include emotional abuse, should be included. Vicky, who was in an abusive relationship for ten years, told her story to Today presenter Sarah Montague.

Vicky's husband started off hitting her, then moved on to psychological abuse. "The physical violence was always there in the back of my mind. I knew he was capable of really hurting me, and in fact killing me," she explained.

"He told me on many occasions, not that he would actually kill me but he used words like 'I'll put you in the ground', those sort of words. So we always lived in an environment of fear."

And Diana Barran, chief executive of Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) and Carmel Napier, Chief Constable of Gwent Police, discuss the best approach to tackling domestic abuse.

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