Committed to Ending Abuse (CEA) - Scottish Government

A criminal offence of domestic abuse

A Criminal Offence of Domestic Abuse: Scottish Government Consultation Paper

Between March and June 2015, the Scottish Government had consulted on whether a specific offence of domestic abuse would improve the ability of police and prosecutors to tackle domestic abuse. Examination of the consultation responses indicated a strong agreement in that the current law does not reflect the experience of victims, and that a specific offence would improve the ability of the justice system to respond to this crime. There was, however, a range of views on how a new offence could be developed.