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.
In September 2015, the First Minister announced that the Scottish Government would publish a draft of a specific offence to deal with those who commit psychological abuse and engage in coercive and controlling behaviour.
The Scottish Government have now issued the consultation paper and are seeking views on a draft specific offence of domestic abuse. This is intended to deal with those who commit psychological abuse, and engage in coercive and controlling behaviour. Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice has written the foreword for the paper.DOWNLOAD THE CONSULTATION PAPER (PDF 378kb)