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Bill to protect people from domestic abuse 17/10/2019 Police and the courts will be given new powers to remove suspected domestic abusers from the homes of victims or others at risk

Bill to protect people from domestic abuse

Police and the courts will be given new powers to remove suspected domestic abusers from the homes of victims or others at risk, the First Minister has announced.

The Scottish Government will introduce a Bill to Parliament that will create new protective orders to keep a suspected perpetrator away from the household of someone at risk of abuse.

In contrast with existing civil measures such as Non-Harassment Orders and Exclusion Orders, protective orders would not require the person at risk to make the application to the court themselves. Police would be able to impose a short-term order directly and to apply to a court to put in place a longer-term order.

The move follows a public consultation on the proposals, responses to which showed widespread support for such protective orders, with many respondents highlighting domestic abuse as a leading cause of homelessness for women.

Further details can be found here.

 

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