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Consultation on domestic abuse offence 05/01/2016 The Scottish Government recently launched a consultation to discuss how a specific offence to tackle domestic abuse across Scotland might be taken forward.

Consultation on domestic abuse offence

The Scottish Government recently launched a consultation to discuss how a specific offence to tackle domestic abuse across Scotland might be taken forward.

The dedicated legislation would be designed to not only capture types of conduct that are already criminal but also other forms of psychological abuse and control that cannot usually be prosecuted under the existing criminal law.

This could include behaviour such as:

  • deprivation of liberty/autonomy;
  • isolating an individual from friends, family and wider society;
  • withholding or controlling access to resources, including money;
  • psychological control and manipulation;
  • threats and creation of a climate of fear, including threats towards children; and
  • controlling or withholding access to health care, education or employment opportunities.

The consultation will run until 26th March, 2016. It is available here.

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