Leslie Yalof Garfield (Pace) previously blogged here about France’s consideration of a criminal ban on psychological or verbal abuse of a spouse or live-in partner. See related news items here (BBC), here (Time Magazine) and here (NPR).
Professor Garfield has a short podcast here (running time approximately 12 minutes). In the podcast, Professor Garfield describes the French law as a model for the possible development of criminal law in the United States against the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Check it out!