Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to create an offence with respect to the engaging by a person in a course of behaviour which is abusive of the person's partner or ex-partner; and to make rules of criminal procedure for that offence and also for offences subject to the statutory aggravation involving abuse of partners or ex-partners.

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, on 17 March 2017.

SPICe Briefings

Stage 1

The Justice Committee was designated lead committee for the Bill on 29 March 2017.

Stage 2

Written submissions received on the Bill at Stage 2


The Committee's call for evidence closed on 1 May 2017. 

Notes of informal testimony concerning the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill

The Committee took evidence on the Bill during May and June.


Work by other Committees

Finance and Constitution Committee

The Committee received a summary of evidence submitted to the Finance and Constitution Committee on the Bill’s Financial Memorandum.


The Committee published it's Stage 1 Report to the Parliament on 21 September 2017


Consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 concluded with the debate in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 28 September 2017.

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