Views sought on proposed domestic abuse register

Views sought on proposed domestic abuse register

Pam Gosal MSP

A private member’s bill proposing the establishment of a domestic abuse register similar to the sex offenders register has gone out for consultation.

The proposed Domestic Abuse (Prevention) (Scotland) Bill, put forward by Scottish Conservative MSP Pam Gosal, would require those placed on the domestic abuse register to report certain changes in their circumstances to the police.

“As well as helping to keep potential victims safe from abusers, the register could act as a true deterrent to would-be accusers and as a deterrent to re-offending for those placed on the register,” Ms Gosal has said.

Writing in the foreword to the consultation document, she said: “I believe the sex offenders register plays a notable role in keeping reconviction rates lower.

“On that basis, and on the basis of inadequacies in current systems relating to preventing domestic abuse in Scotland, I want to develop a workable model for a register in relation to domestic abuse.”

The consultation is available from the Scottish Parliament website and runs from Monday 29 August until Sunday 20 November 2022.

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