The Act meant that as well as physical harm, psychological harms such as controlling behaviour can be punished by law. When people are in abusive controlling relationships they aren’t allowed to make their own decisions, their freedom to make choices is taken away, and they lose their sense of self identity.
Domestic abuse can take many forms and has a hugely damaging effects on victims/survivors, their families and communities.
- Scotland’s 24hr Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234
- Reporting a crime to the police on 101
- Calling 999 in an emergency
- Visiting safer.scot for more information
Controlling behaviour takes away your choices in life and the things that make you,
you. If your partner is controlling you it’s domestic abuse. To talk in confidence, call Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 027 1234 or visit safer.scot.