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Domestic Abuse Bill passed by Scottish Parliament 01/02/2018 Psychological abuse and coercive control in the home will soon be a criminal offence, after the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Domestic Abuse Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

Psychological abuse and coercive control in the home will soon be a criminal offence, after the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament.

As well as physical abuse, the Bill will cover other forms of psychological abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour that cannot easily be prosecuted under existing criminal laws. It will be possible to prosecute abuse in its totality as a single offence, allowing courts to consider the whole course of abuse and sentence perpetrators accordingly.

“Attitudes towards domestic abuse have changed considerably since this Parliament was established in 1999,” said Justice Secretary Michael Matheson. “Back then, some were of the mindset that domestic abuse – especially where it did not involve physical violence – was a private matter. Attitudes have rightly changed – albeit further work is needed to challenge lingering outdated or dismissive attitudes.”

When the new offence comes into force, it will be preceded by a public information campaign by the Scottish Government.

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