Act now to un­mask the do­mes­tic mon­sters

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Mar­tyn Brown Se­nior Political Cor­re­spon­dent

MIN­IS­TERS are be­ing urged to warn the pub­lic of a com­plex be­havioural dis­or­der, in the bat­tle against do­mes­tic abuse.

Cam­paign­ers say nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity dis­or­der (NPD) must be in­cluded in the Govern­ment’s new Do­mes­tic Abuse Bill.

Peo­ple with NPD show per­sis­tent grandios­ity, ex­ces­sive need for ad­mi­ra­tion and a per­sonal dis­dain and lack of em­pa­thy for oth­ers.

They can seek to es­tab­lish abu­sive power and con­trol, which in some cases can lead to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or co­er­cive and ma­nip­u­la­tive be­hav­iour. Cam­paigner Robyn Thackra, who has ex­pe­ri­ence of NPD, is urg­ing all par­ties to do more to high­light NPD and will meet Vic­tims Min­is­ter Vic­to­ria Atkins to­day.

Ms Thackra, who also wants to raise aware­ness with an “un­mask­thenarc” cam­paign, said: “This is a cross-party, hu­man is­sue that deserves the full at­ten­tion of the me­dia and politician­s.”

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