Domestic Abuse

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The Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain QC, has emphasised the commitment Scotland’s prosecutors have to ensuring "victims’ voices and experiences are at the heart of the criminal justice system" as she addressed an international conference in London. In a speech at the Heads of Prosecution Agen

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Specialist online courts should be established to tackle domestic abuse cases, it has been recommended. The Virtual Trials National Project board has issued its report on the piloting of virtual summary trials. The board, led by Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle of Grampian, Highland and Islands, suggest

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The police recorded 65,251 incidents of domestic abuse in 2020-21, an increase of four per cent compared to the previous year. This is the fifth year in a row this figure has shown an increase.

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The Lord Advocate has vowed to give renewed focus to efforts by Scotland’s prosecutors to tackle domestic abuse and stalking as the justice system recovers from the effects of the pandemic. Dorothy Bain QC made the commitment as new figures show the number of charges reported to the Crown Offi

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Victims of domestic abuse are being urged to report incidents to police by Justice Secretary Keith Brown. The call comes after official figures show the police recorded 62,907 incidents of domestic abuse in 2019-20 – an increase of four per cent compared to the previous year.

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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. Both legal bodies and the police signalled

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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. In an open letter to all UK employers, the business minister has outlined a few steps they can take to build awareness of dom

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Police and courts will gain powers to remove suspected abusers from victims’ homes and ban them from re‑entering under new legislation published today. The Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill, if passed by Parliament, will also allow social landlords to end or transfer a tenancy of a

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Nearly 1,700 crimes were reported under Scotland's new domestic abuse laws in their first year in force, according to new figures. Recorded crime figures for 2019/20 show that 1,681 crimes were recorded under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, which was enacted on 1 April 2019.

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Domestic abuse charges have reached their highest figure since 2015-16, the Crown Office has revealed. The report Domestic abuse and stalking charges in Scotland 2019-20 showed that there were 30,718 charges reported in 2019-20 related to domestic abuse. This is the highest number reported since 201

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The police and courts could gain the power to remove suspected domestic abusers from victims' homes under proposed legislation. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf announced that the Scottish government's Domestic Abuse Bill will be considered "within weeks" and if passed would let police ban suspected a

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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. Campaign group We Can't Consent To This has identified at least 60 women from the UK who have been killed in re

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There has been a drop in crimes recorded under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, according to Scotland's chief statistician. In figures released today that analyse the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, a 13 per cent drop in domestic abuse crimes was reported as compared with April

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