Three Police and Crime Commissioners in the North East of England have called for an investigation into a judge after he has repetitively ignored sentences guidelines in domestic violence cases, giving suspended sentences to men convicted of assault and actual bodily harm.

Harry Fletcher, who is spearheading a campaign to introduce tougher laws on domestic abuse, said: "The experiences of these women in the north-east are not uncommon and underline the need for coercive control to become an offence."

This would mean judges examining the totality of an offender's behaviour to determine whether there was a pattern of abuse.

"The sentencing of domestic violence cases is a postcode lottery," Fletcher added.

So basically even when men are convicted of violence against women the justice victims receive is dependant on where they live and which judge does the sentencing.