Domestic Abuse - The Law Has Changed
News Posted: 11th April 2019
If your partner is controlling you it’s domestic abuse
From 1st April 2019 the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 allows the police and courts to charge someone for a single offence of domestic abuse, covering both physical abuse and psychological abuse/controlling and coercive behaviour.
Coercive and controlling behaviour is a pattern of conduct which undermines the victim’s independence and might include restricting mobile phone usage, controlling bank account access, dictating outfit choices, meal times or friendships.
It can happen to anyone in an intimate relationship. You don’t need to live with your partner to experience domestic abuse. It’s important to talk to someone if you think you are experiencing domestic abuse. If you’re not ready to report it, you can still seek support.
For more information on domestic abuse, how to get help and how to report it visit safer.scot.
If your partner is controlling you it’s domestic abuse.
To speak in confidence call Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 027 1234