Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Psychological abuse 'should be a made crime'

Psychological abuse should be made a crime in England and Wales in order to save more victims of domestic violence, campaigners have said.

The groups, including Women's Aid, say current legislation focuses too much on specific incidents, such as an assault.

They say the law fails to take into account power and control, which are the essence of domestic abuse.

Psychological abuse 'should be a made crime'

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.


Lottie Lucid said...

I agree that the psychological side of things is of equal (if not higher) importance, but how do you prove it? And what if somebody was just making it up? I think this is the difficulty...

Pamela Stocks said...

It is going to be very, very difficult. Though it's not entirely foolproof, I suspect there are tell-tale signs in someone's behaviour that suggests that they are living in fear or under such control. That's not easy to fake.

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