If you insult your partner repeatedly, and live in France, you could face a jail sentence in the near future. France may become the first country to ban psychological violence in relationships where couples are married or living together.
Here’s what French PM Francois Fillon said: ‘It’s an important step forward as the creation of this offence will allow us to deal with the most insidious situations – situations that leave no visible scars, but which leave victims torn up inside.’
Blogger chicksontheright disagrees and asks ‘what’s next? banning the silent treatment?’
The ban does raise so many questions.
How do you define psychological violence and how do you prosecute it?
Should angry outbursts between partners lead to a jail sentence?
Do you want your government to get this involved in your relationship?
And where does free speech come into this debate?