SB Connect Winter 2016

Act sharpens responses to domestic abuse

Act sharpens responses to domestic abuse

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act came into force on 20 July.

It has two main objectives – to increase access to justice for victims and to enable a more robust response to breached civil protection orders.

To achieve these objectives, the Act:

  • removes the requirement to show a course of conduct for a non-harassment order to be granted in domestic abuse cases
  • removes the means test for legal aid applications in respect of certain domestic abuse-related proceedings
  • creates a criminal offence of breaching a domestic abuse related interdict
  • provides a statutory definition of domestic abuse.

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