Our parks, schools, restaurants and workplaces are amongst the long list of places closing following the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. As we are advised to remain in our homes to protect our health, this can increase the risk of harm to those suffering from domestic abuse. The serious nature of being required to remain at home with a domestic abuse perpetrator cannot be underestimated.
The aim of the new act is to provide recourse for victims of the more insidious elements of a domestic abuse relationship which can be just as harmful as or even more harmful than physical abuse.
We discuss the Scottish Government’s confirmation that it will introduce a new, specific offence of domestic abuse and strengthen the law against domestic abuse.
We discuss a recent EUAFR report on domestic violence and look at how the laws in Scotland deal with this problem.