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Domestic Abuse Act in force 02/04/2019 Groundbreaking legislation that criminalises psychological domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour is now in force.

Domestic Abuse Act in force

Groundbreaking legislation that criminalises psychological domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour is now in force. The Domestic Abuse Act is the only UK legislation with a specific statutory sentencing aggravation to reflect the harm that can be caused to children growing up in an environment where domestic abuse takes place.

The Act also requires courts to consider imposing a Non-Harassment Order on an offender convicted of a domestic abuse offence to protect their victim from further abuse and makes a number of other reforms to criminal procedure to protect victims.

“The Domestic Abuse Act makes absolutely clear that coercive and controlling behaviour is domestic abuse and a crime,” said Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf. “I am proud Scotland is leading the way with this groundbreaking legislation, which uniquely recognises the effect of domestic abuse on child victims as well as adults.”

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 1st February 2018. It can be found here.

 

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