Consider This: Mass. lawmakers consider expanding definition of domestic abuse to include financial and mental abuse

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When people think of domestic violence, they usually picture physical attacks like a punch or a shove. But advocates say other kinds of abuse — such as imposed isolation from friends, control over money or constant surveillance — are just as harmful.

Now, state lawmakers are considering a batch of bills that would allow victims of verbal, psychological and technological abuse to seek restraining orders against their tormentors.

Consider This cohost Lynn Jolicoeur speaks with WBUR reporter Ally Jarmanning.

This segment aired on April 11, 2022.


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