Season 2 Episode 7: 'Radical Resistance to the Status Quo': A Look Behind the Scottish Coercive Control Law with Dr. Marsha Scott
Safety. Satisfaction. Self-Determination.
For decades, domestic violence survivors have shared that these are the aspects of their life targeted by domestic violence perpetrators. Until recently, it was primarily the attacks on physical safety that were reflected in the domestic violence laws across the world. Slowly , with the passage of coercive control laws in a few countries, survivors are seeing their wider reality reflected in legislation. Coercive control, as definition of domestic violence, is now being considered from Australia to the United States. Coercive control, which has been at the center of the Safe & Together Model's perpetrator pattern-based approach for 15 years, stresses patterns of behavior that lead to entrapment and restrict the fundamental rights of the adult and child survivors.
The laws that are being considered are far from uniform in their scope and sensitivity to the issues including preventing backlash against survivors, particularly survivors from poor and marginalized communities. Because Scotland's coercive control law is considered one of the most progressive in the world, David and Ruth interviewed Dr. Marsha Scott , the executive for Scottish Woman's Aid . The interview includes:
- A discussion of the framing and development of the law
- How the law differs from other efforts
- The importance of the inclusion of children and pets in the defintion of patterns
- How a "reasonable person" standard helps keep the focus on the perpetrator's pattern
- The importance of implementation planning
- The importance of getting input from survivors as part of the process of developing coercive control laws and
- How to avoid coercive control laws rebounding against survivors from all backgrounds.
Read the Scottish Law
Check out Scottish Women's Aid's website
Listen to our interview with Jess Hill on coercive control laws
Listen to our interview with Luke and Ryan Hart, major supporters of coercive control law
Listen our episode on coercive control and consent