by Zero Tolerance Co-director, Jenny Kemp
**UPDATE: 16 June 2015 Zero Tolerance ‘Equally Safe’ consultation submission now available here **
The Scottish Government is consulting on whether or not it should make changes to the criminal law in Scotland, as it relates to violence against women (VAW).
The ‘Equally Safe’ consultation has three main strands:
The consultation also covers the use of non-harassment orders in cases where the perpetrator is too unwell to stand trial; and proposes new provisions to allow Scottish courts to prosecute sexual offences committed outside of Scotland but within the UK.
Zero Tolerance will submit a full response to this consultation and will share our response soon. The consultation closes on 19 June 2015.
Anyone with a view on these issues can make a response; it doesn’t have to be very formal or full of lengthy evidence citations and academic information. It can simply be a statement that you think the law needs to do more to protect women from domestic abuse; or from traumatic experiences when seeking justice for rape; or from the humiliation of revenge porn. You can send in a single paragraph or a longer document – it is up to you.
What matters is that you make your voice heard.
Do you think that reforms to the criminal law are enough? What about civil law – what is your experience in the family courts? What else needs to happen for VAW to be successfully prosecuted? What needs to happen for it to be prevented in the first place?
If you have views on any of these issues, take part, by Friday 19 June. You can email your comments to: email@example.com
or send them to:
Criminal Law & Sentencing Team
GWR St Andrew’s House
Let the Scottish Government know what you want them to do to make sure we are all Equally Safe.