Domestic Abuse Prevention Bill

Domestic Abuse Prevention Bill

Our proposed Domestic Abuse Prevention Bill would establish a register for convicted abusers.

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Domestic Abuse Prevention Bill

Our proposed Domestic Abuse Prevention Bill, launched by Pam Gosal MSP, would establish a register for convicted abusers. This would require those convicted of domestic abuse offence, either through a bespoke Scottish act or through an aggravated offence, to be placed on to a domestic abuse register. This would place requirements on them to notify the police when there are changes to their personal life circumstances, similar to the notification requirements currently imposed on sex offenders.

Our Domestic Abuse Prevention Bill would mandate rehabilitation measures for those convicted of domestic abuse. This would require an offender convicted of domestic abuse to be rehabilitated through anger management, education or, where both parties agree, restorative justice, to help prevent this pattern of behaviour in the future. Restorative justice is a concept that allows the offender to speak to the victim directly to address the harm the abuser caused.

Our Domestic Abuse Prevention Bill would require Scottish Ministers to annually report on access to domestic abuse services for underrepresented communities. This would ensure that information is made public on the current level of access for people from underrepresented communities so that any disparities can be addressed. Scottish Ministers would also have to make a statement to Parliament addressing the report.

Our Domestic Abuse Prevention Bill would ensure there is education about domestic abuse in schools. To increase awareness about domestic abuse, and to teach children how to spot it from an early age, the Bill proposes mandatory education of domestic abuse in schools to try and prevent abusive behaviour occurring in future generations.

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