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Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2011: Legislation becomes Law

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill was approved by the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16 March.

The new Bill, which gained cross party support, will;

  • Remove the current requirement to show a 'course of conduct' before a non-harassment order can be granted by a civil court. (Evidence of only one incident of harassing behaviour would be required).
  • Make it a criminal offence to breach an interdict with a power of arrest.

Clare Connelly, senior lecturer in the University of Glasgow Law School who co-wrote the Bill with post-graduate James Clark on behalf of Rhoda Grant said:

"The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2011 will improve access to justice and the protection available for all of those subjected to domestic abuse. This Act removes the requirement for a course of conduct before a non-harassment order to protect against domestic abuse is granted. The Act makes it a crime to breach an interdict granted with a power of arrest to prohibit domestic abuse. Giving the police and prosecution services the full powers to act against perpetrators will be welcomed by all".

Watch the passing of the bill at BBC Democracy Live.




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