Laws Against Bullying in Scotland
A new law has come into effect in Scotland that makes psychological #domestic #abuse and #controlling behavior a crime. There is a campaign in Scotland aimed at its citizens so that they will have a better understanding of these initiatives. It is called the Domestic Abuse Act passed by its Parliament in February 2018.
It takes into account 'the full breadth of #violent, #threatening, intimidating and other controlling behaviors which can destroy a #target's autonomy, and also takes into account the adverse impact #domestic abuse can have on children'.
What constitutes abusive behavior?
Making a partner dependent or subordinate
Isolating a partner from friends, relatives or other sources of support
Controlling, regulating or monitoring a partner's day-to-day activities
Depriving a partner, or restricting, freedom of action
Frightening, humiliating, degrading or #punishing a partner.
The offense is aggravated if this behavior is directed at a child. The last sentence of the article sums this up perfectly. 'This new offense is a clear warning to abusers that all forms of domestic abuse are criminal and that #perpetrators should expect to face the full consequences of their abusive behavior.' It would be great to have such a law in the States.
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