Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald, Police Scotland, said:
"Police Scotland welcomes the new legislation on domestic abuse which will support our work with partners to reduce the harm it can cause and help eradicate it from Scotland. We recognise that domestic abuse is more than physical assaults, it's about abusers who exert control over their victims by using a range of debilitating tactics. Survivors have long told us that whilst physical assaults are often part of that abuse, it is commonly the punishing psychological abuse which is more difficult to cope with. This new legislation is very welcome as it recognises the full extent of abuse that victims suffer and allows us to bring the full weight of the law against those who commit abuse, whatever its form.
"In preparation, Police Scotland will be training around 14,000 officers and staff on recognising coercive and controlling behaviours. We are committed to tackling domestic abuse and recognise that it affects parts of society and has no regard for age, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation,
"We encourage anyone affected by domestic abuse to report it to the police or seek support from our partners."
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