"It's an important step forward, as the creation of this offense will allow us to deal with the most insidious situations--situations that leave no visible scars, but which leave victims torn up inside," said Francois Fillon, France's prime minister. What he's referring to is a new law that will go into effect later this year that says spouses who resort to "psychological violence" could be criminally prosecuted under a new French law. This includes verbal abuse. Repeat offenders would even be required to wear electronic tags under the law.
Critics believe this law is more of a gimmick because of how difficult it will be to prove the abuse. French psychologist Anne Giraud says, "Squabbling couples will allege all kinds of things about each other, but they won't necessarily be true."
This will be something to keep an eye on to see how it's prosecuted and if other nations adopt similar laws. Regardless, this new law brings verbal and psychological abuse into the spotlight, which is a good thing. Read more here.