Date lodged: 31 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what impact it anticipates the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill will have on demand for services provided by the voluntary sector.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 7 June 2017
The Scottish Government is providing significant levels of funding to relevant third sector organisations as part of the Equally Safe Strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.
The Bill does not place new responsibilities on voluntary sector groups. Women's Aid groups, for example, will currently provide support to victims of domestic abuse who may never report to the police and the creation of a new offence does not change this.
However, we recognise that the creation of a specific offence could mean that more victims come forward to seek support from voluntary sector organisations. We will therefore keep the situation under review once the new offence is fully implemented.