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New domestic abuse protocol 24/03/2017 The Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams have launched a new Joint Protocol on Domestic Abuse.

New domestic abuse protocol

The Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams have launched a new Joint Protocol on Domestic Abuse.

The agreement commits Police Scotland and the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service to a consistent and robust approach to domestic abuse and recognises the significant and enduring impact that domestic abuse can have on victims and children.

It replaces the existing Joint Protocol on Domestic Abuse between police and prosecutors, and ensures that the role of children will be more visible in the investigation and prosecution process.

The revised Joint Protocol also includes an expanded definition of domestic abuse, to reflect our increased understanding of the crime, and additional guidance is given on the reporting of counter allegations to reduce the fear by victims that they could be arrested. Other aspects include a strong emphasis on the need for a sufficiency of evidence before action can be taken by prosecutors and guidance on the circumstances in which an accused person may be released on an undertaking to appear at court.

The Protocol was updated after consulting widely with campaigners against Domestic Abuse and victims groups.

It can be found here.

 

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