Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Legal Update

From 1 April 2019, a new Domestic Abuse law has come into force in Scotland. 

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This law is a welcome change because it recognises the multiple ways in which people are affected by domestic abuse. It also expands the definition of what domestic abuse is in criminal law in Scotland and how the police and courts investigate and prosecute this crime.

To coincide with the coming into force of the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act, the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) has created a factsheet detailing some of the main changes to the law: