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Consultation on protecting people at risk of domestic abuse 14/02/2019 The Scottish Government has called for views on a consultation on protecting people at risk of domestic abuse

Consultation on protecting people at risk of domestic abuse

The Scottish Government has called for views in the final weeks of a consultation looking at the way that police, local authorities, health and social care, the third sector and other relevant organisations work together to assess the risk of the most serious levels of domestic abuse.

The way this is tackled varies across Scotland. This consultation, which opened on 30th November 2018, will identify best practice that can be shared and if there is a need for a more consistent approach.

The consultation closes at the start of April. Ahead of this, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville visited Stornoway to meet Women’s Aid Western Isles and people who use the service.

“The level of protection for people against serious harm in their own homes shouldn’t be dependent on their post code. Domestic abuse can rob victims of their confidence, self-esteem, their home and – in the most extreme cases – their lives,” said Ms Somerville. “Having heard about the fear people facing abuse experience, it emphasises the important role the public sector and support services play in identifying it and intervening.”

“We know local factors, such as those living in a rural location, can present unique challenges and potentially greater barriers in terms of safety,” she added. “However, I believe there will be good practice across the country that can be adopted to ensure we have a consistent approach to keeping vulnerable people safe.”

Mary Kettings of Women’s Aid Western Isles, encouraged people to respond to the consultation.

“Partnership working is pivotal when delivering frontline services across remote and rural areas,” she said. “Through the consultation, we would hope to see National Standards being introduced by the Scottish Government to minimise the post code lottery effect for the women and children that we support in the Western Isles, and reduce variances in service responses throughout Scotland for families who experience abuse in their lives.”

The consultation can be found here.

A related consultation is also underway on protective orders for people at risk of domestic abuse. It can be found here.


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