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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09638: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-01084 by Michael Matheson on 7 June 2017, what its position is on reported comments by legal experts that the Domestic Abuse (Scotland ) Bill may be too broad and could make "commonplace friction" within family and romantic life illegal.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 20 June 2017

The new offence seeks to cover all the different forms of abusive behaviour that can comprise a pattern of domestic abuse. We are aware that victims describe experiencing coercive and controlling abuse, sometimes over extended periods of time and with long-term physical and psychological effects. This offence will ensure that these forms of abuse are effectively criminalised and perpetrators can be brought to justice.

The Scottish Government will consider carefully the views offered during the Parliamentary scrutiny process including any recommendations made by the Justice Committee in their Stage 1 report; and will continue to work with justice partners and stakeholders in so doing.