MSPs back Domestic Abuse Bill to ‘close gap in the law’

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Holyrood’s Justice Committee has unanimously backed the general principles set out in the Scottish Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill.

 In backing the Bill, the Committee stated that it was “sobering” to consider that serious and long-term psychological abuse within a relationship often cannot be prosecuted. Reflecting upon the evidence they heard, members agreed that psychological abuse can cause immense trauma and harm.

Commenting, Committee Convener Margaret Mitchell MSP, said:

“I know all Committee members would want to pay tribute to the brave individuals who spoke to us about their experiences as the victims of psychological domestic abuse.

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