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This was made into a new offence in December 2015, and this is the first time guidelines have been produced for it. Abuse taking place in a domestic setting is also treated more seriously than other types of abuse under the new rules, as it is more likely to escalate over time and lead to death or long-term trauma. As part of the Prisons and Courts Bill the Ministry of Justice is also planning to ban the cross-examining of victims by their ex-partners in court. A legal aid lawyer will be appointed instead.Mrs Justice McGowan, a member of the Sentencing Council, said: “These offences can be particularly sensitive and distressing, leading to very significant harm to victims.”The new guidelines we are proposing will help ensure sentences reflect the seriousness of these offences and take into account the increases in sentence levels for stalking and harassment introduced by Parliament.”The new rules will be subject to a three-month consultation and if accepted will be implemented later this year. The most serious offences will be those which the court judges have been calculated to induce “maximum distress”, such as sending images to a victim’s family who are very religious, or to a younger sibling.Offenders will also face tougher punishment if they set up social media accounts pretending to be the victim or spread a large number of pictures to a wide audience. Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said he welcomed the plans and said: “Revenge porn is an awful abuse of trust which can leave victims feeling humiliated and degraded.”By making it a specific offence, we sent a clear message that this crime will not be tolerated.”Other offences covered by the new guidelines include domestic abuse and “intimidatory crimes” such as harassment, stalking, controlling and coercive behaviour and threats to kill. They reflect tougher penalties for stalking and harassment introduced earlier this year. The maximum jail sentence was doubled from five to ten years by the Government following pressure from MPs. For racially-aggravated harassment the maximum sentence was raised from seven to 14 years.The most serious penalties will be reserved for offenders who target their victims at times which are more likely to cause distress, such as on the day of a funeral.The definition of domestic abuse has been widened to reflect types of abuse other than violence, such as coercive and controlling behaviour. This includes limiting the victim’s access to money, preventing them from having friendships or hobbies or determining when they are allowed to eat, sleep and go to the toilet. Offenders who send “revenge porn” images to victims’ family members could face up to two years in jail under new sentencing plans. The guidelines are the first to give advice to courts under new laws covering the sharing of “private sexual images”, which has only been an offence since April 2015. More than 200 prosecutions have since been brought.Victims of revenge porn have explicit images or video, often taken consensually during a relationship with the offender, spread around the internet after the relationship breaks down. They are often posted on dedicated sites along with abusive messages about the victim and sometimes the contact details of them or their family. Previously offenders had to be prosecuted under copyright or harassment laws and victims often found it difficult to have images taken down. The new law was introduced after a campaign by victims and women’s charities. Victims of ‘revenge porn’, Hazel Higgleton and Hannah Thompson, campaigned for a change in the lawCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.