Domestic abuse

Justice Committee raises concerns over Domestic Abuse Bill

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has backed the underlying intentions behind the Scottish government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill, but warned that serious practical concerns raised during the course of its scrutiny need to be addressed.

Published 21 January 2021

Employers encouraged to act on signs of domestic abuse

UK government business minister Paul Scully has today issued a rallying call to employers across the country to ensure their organisation is spotting signs of domestic abuse.

Published 14 January 2021

More protection for domestic abuse victims

Police and courts will gain powers to remove suspected abusers from victims’ homes and ban them from re‑entering under new legislation published today.

Published 12 October 2020

Nearly 1,700 domestic abuse crimes reported under new law

Nearly 1,700 crimes were reported under Scotland's new domestic abuse laws in their first year in force, according to new figures.

Published 29 September 2020

Domestic abuse charges reach five-year high

Domestic abuse charges have reached their highest figure since 2015-16, the Crown Office has revealed.

Published 8 September 2020

Bill would allow removal of suspected domestic abusers from homes

The police and courts could gain the power to remove suspected domestic abusers from victims' homes under proposed legislation.

Published 7 September 2020

England: Thousands urge UK government to ensure equal protection for all domestic abuse victims

A 30,000-strong petition that calls for domestic abuse laws to provide safety for migrant women will be delivered to the UK government today.

Published 29 July 2020

England: Domestic abuse bill will remove ‘rough sex defence’

Defendants will not be able to advance the legal defence that their partner was accidentally killed in a "sex game gone wrong" under new domestic abuse legislation being considered by MPs.

Published 17 June 2020

Thirteen per cent decrease in crimes recorded under Domestic Abuse Act 2018

There has been a drop in crimes recorded under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, according to Scotland's chief statistician.

Published 4 June 2020

Lockdown exacerbating problems with corroborating domestic abuse

Lockdown and social distancing measures may exacerbate the difficulties with corroborating domestic abuse, academics at the University of Aberdeen’s School of Law have warned.

Published 29 April 2020

Domestic abuse incidents rise by two per cent to 61,000

Police recorded 60,641 incidents of domestic abuse in 2018-19 – a two per cent rise on the previous year, new figures show.

Published 26 February 2020

Courts to be given powers to remove suspected domestic abusers from homes

Police and the courts will be given new powers to remove suspected domestic abusers from the homes of complainers or others at risk, the First Minister has announced.

Published 16 October 2019

First conviction obtained under new Domestic Abuse Scotland Act

A man has pleaded guilty to offences under the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act, the first conviction since the new law was introduced on 1 April 2019.

Published 30 May 2019

Domestic Abuse Act comes into force

New legislation that criminalises psychological domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour has come into force today.

Published 1 April 2019

Caroline Gillespie: Domestic abuse law makes strides with new act

Caroline Gillespie reflects on the development of the law on domestic abuse as new legislation comes into force today.

Published 1 April 2019