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Law To Close Loophole On Domestic Abuse (Scotsman 26/09/10)

October 1, 2010

A new law that will close a legal loophole protecting abusive husbands and wives who make their partners’ lives a misery is being fast-tracked through the Scottish Parliament. Prosecutors have become increasingly frustrated over the past 18 months by the inability of breach of the peace legislation to tackle domestic abuse where no violence is involved and which takes place behind closed doors. Now a new offence of engaging in threatening or abusive behaviour has been created to ensure prosecutions can be carried out for conduct which would have previously been dealt with under common law of breach of the peace.
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