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Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2011

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Harassment amounting to domestic abuseS

1Harassment amounting to domestic abuseS

(1)In section 8 (harassment) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (c.40), after subsection (1) insert––

(1A)Subsection (1) is subject to section 8A.

(2)After that section insert––

8AHarassment amounting to domestic abuse

(1)Every individual has a right to be free from harassment and, accordingly, a person must not engage in conduct which amounts to harassment of another and—

(a)is intended to amount to harassment of that person; or

(b)occurs in circumstances where it would appear to a reasonable person that it would amount to harassment of that person.

(2)Subsection (1) only applies where the conduct referred to amounts to domestic abuse.

(3)Subsections (2) to (7) of section 8 apply in relation to subsection (1) as they apply in relation to subsection (1) of that section but with the following modifications––

(a)in subsections (2) and (4), the words “course of” are omitted;

(b)for subsection (3) there is substituted—

(3)For the purposes of this section—

  • “conduct”––

    (a)

    may involve behaviour on one or more than one occasion; and

    (b)

    includes—

    (b)
    (i)

    speech; and

    (ii)

    presence in any place or area; and

  • “harassment” of a person includes causing the person alarm or distress.; and

(c) in subsection (4)(b), for “pursued” substitute “ engaged in ”.

(3)In section 9(1) (breach of non-harassment order) of that Act, after “section 8” insert “ or section 8A ”.

(4)In section 18B(1) (actions of harassment) of the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973 (c.52), after “section 8” insert “ or section 8A ”.

(5)In section 2(1)(b)(ii) (transmission of deceased's rights to executor) of the Damages (Scotland) Act 2011 (asp 7), after “section 8” insert “ or section 8A ”.

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