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Domestic Abuse Oral Question, 07/01/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 7 January 2015 Claudia Beamish (Lab) asked the Scottish Government what it is doing to provide an appropriate legal process for resolving domestic abuse cases in the South Scotland parliamentary region.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson replied, The Scottish Government is committed to tackling the scourge of domestic violence. That work includes consideration of a new specific domestic abuse offence.

Although overall levels of recorded crime have fallen in recent years, the reporting and prosecution of certain categories of crime, including domestic abuse, have increased. That might be due to victims feeling more confident in reporting those crimes, in the knowledge that our law enforcement agencies will robustly investigate reports and prosecute where sufficient evidence exists. That is good news, as it means that more victims are able to access justice.

In November, the Scottish Government provided new funding of £1.47 million to help justice agencies deal with the efficient processing of summary court cases, including the increasing number of domestic abuse cases that are being heard in court.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 7 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report† 7 January 2015