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Domestic abuse bill ‘one step closer’ to becoming law

The Domestic Abuse (Prevention) Bill proposal brought forward by Scottish Conservative MSP Pam Gosal has moved "one step closer" to becoming law.

On Thursday, Pam Gosal will publish the final bill proposal and seek to gain the necessary cross-party support for the bill to progress further.

Scottish Government statistics show there were 64,807 criminal incidents of domestic abuse in 2021-22, over half of which were repeat offences.

Ms Gosal's Domestic Abuse (Prevention) Bill would bring in a reporting system for domestic abuse, which would be similar to the sex offenders' register.

It also contains measures that would increase education around domestic abuse, which would help to prevent violence from occurring in the first place,


At the consultation stage, 23 organisations voiced support for the proposal. 

More than 91 per cent of all people and organisations who responded to the consultation were supportive, with 86 per cent of respondents saying they were “fully supportive”.

Scottish Conservative MSP Pam Gosal said: “We are one step closer to passing my bill and improving the support available for survivors of domestic abuse, although there is a lot of hard work still to do before it can become law.

“I hope MSPs from other parties will support my proposal as it would help to protect victims, increase public knowledge of domestic abuse, and give police additional resources to tackle this appalling crime.

“I have been heartened by support for the bill from survivors of abuse and I am cautiously optimistic that it can gain cross-party support. I urge MSPs from every party to consider backing it.”