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Publication | 16, 12, 2014

Making Justice Work for Victims and Witnesses: Victims and Witnesses Bill – A Consultation Paper

The Scottish Government launched a programme of projects aiming to reformto the structure and processes of courts, access to justice, tribunals and administrative justice.

Read our response here

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Publication | 16, 12, 2014

Police reform: Our response to the Police and Fire reform Bill

In 2011, the Scottish Government set out proposals for the creation of a single police force in Scotland. Legislation setting out how this will be done has now been approved by the Scottish Parliament.

We responded to the bill, with particular reference to local arrangements and how domestic abuse would be handled in policing plans. Our main concern is that a consistent approach to domestic abuse will be maintained throughout Scotland and that local Police commanders in the new divisions should not lose links with multi-agency partnerships and local authorities.

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Publication | 16, 12, 2014

Carloway Report: Our response

As a result of the decision of the UK Supreme Court in the case of HMA v Cadder in October 2010, which radically changed Scottish criminal procedure regarding the questioning of detained subjects, the Scottish Government asked Lord Carloway to undertake a review of Scots criminal law and practice. The Carloway Report was published in November 2011 and recommended an extensive and radical package of reforms to modernise the Scottish criminal justice system, such as the removal of the requirement for corroboration.

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Publication | 16, 12, 2014

Reforming Scots Criminal Law and Practice: Additional Safeguards Following the Removal of the Requirement for Corroboration Consultation Paper

One of the area of court reform the Scottish Government has been exploring, has been the removal of Corroboration.

Read our response to Reforming Scots Criminal Law and Practice: Additional Safeguards Following the Removal of the Requirement for Corroboration Consultation Paper

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Publication | 16, 12, 2014

Scottish Civil Courts Review consultation.

As part of the Scottish Government's court reforms we responded to their initial Scottish Civil Court Review Consultation.

Read it here

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Publication | 16, 12, 2014

Comment on Scottish Government Response to Gill Recommendations

We commented on The Scottish Government's response to the Gill Recommendations about court reform.

Read what we said here

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Publication | 16, 12, 2014

Written Submission to the Justice Committee on the Scottish Civil Justice Council and Criminal Legal Aid Bill.

As part of Lord Gill's recommendations on Scottish justice reform, we provided a written submission to the Justice Commitee on the Scottish Civil Justice Council and Criminal Legal Aid Bill.

Read it here

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Publication | 16, 12, 2013

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on the rights and support and protection of victims of crime.

This Directive outlines how justice systems should keep victims protected, supported and informed. These requirements must be met by Member States within three years from the introduction of the Directive. As a member state, Scotland, as part of the UK has an obligation to report to the EU on how they are acheiving these requirements. Download the document.

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Report | 31, 05, 2011

Research report on the use and effectiveness of exclusion orders

SWA commissioned research into the use of using the Matrimonial Homes Family Protection (Scotland) Act 1981. The focus of the research was to identify why women are not using exclusion orders as a remedy. The factors influencing these decision; along with the attitude and awareness of legal practitioners and the courts to the use of exclusion orders as a protection against domestic abuse, are highlighted and discussed in the report.

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Report | 30, 05, 2010

Research report on the use and effectiveness of exclusion orders (Summary)

Summary research report on the use of using the Matrimonial Homes Family Protection (Scotland) Act 1981.

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You can also phone Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

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Non-consensual sharing of intimate media (NCSIM) is a form of abuse

Read the results of our survey on NCSIM (otherwise known as "revenge porn")

 

 

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On one day in Scotland in 2013, 341 women and 257 children and young people were living in a Women's Aid refuge (SWA 2013)

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