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S5W-20195: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, what action it is taking to improve protection for women at risk of attack from an abusive partner, ex-partner or stalker whom they have reported to Police Scotland.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 11 December 2018

Police Scotland have established Multi-Agency Tasking and Coordination processes across Scotland to identify and focus on the perpetrators who pose the greatest risk of harm to victims. This works alongside Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences which seek to protect victims perceived to be at heightened risk of harm. On 30 November, the Scottish Government published a consultation on improving multi-agency risk assessment centres for victims of domestic abuse in Scotland. The consultation closes on 2 March 2019.

The Scottish Government will also consult shortly on further protections for those at risk of domestic abuse which would provide the police and courts with new powers to impose protective orders which would ban suspected perpetrators from returning to a home they share with the person at risk while steps are taken to secure their longer-term safety.

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2019 will, when it comes into force next year, provide the police with greater powers to take action in domestic abuse cases involving psychological abuse which may be difficult to prosecute under the existing law. The Scottish Government has provided funding to Police Scotland to ensure that over 14,000 officers and staff receive face to face training on how the new legislation can support effective intervention in domestic abuse cases. In addition, the Equally Safe Delivery Plan includes an action to develop, with partners, multi-agency domestic homicide reviews.