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Scheme to Tackle Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Problem Comes into Force

Following successful pilots in Ayrshire and Aberdeen, a new Police Scotland scheme designed to tackle the problem of domestic abuse/violence across the country, came into force on 1 October 2015.

Under the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse (Scotland), as known as DSDAS, if a person is concerned that that their partner may have been abusive or violent in the past, they are now able to can contact Police Scotland for information regarding their partner’s background.

Once a request for information is made, each individual case is considered by a multi-agency panel. Said panel will then decide whether disclosing said information is necessary to will protect the individual.

Commenting, Maggie Miller, Detective Inspector based in Inverness’ Domestic Abuse Unit, stated:

“Domestic abuse is prevalent in most local communities and as such remains a top priority for Police Scotland. Domestic abuse has a devastating effect on victims and other family members so it is vital we continue to work with partners to ensure that victims are protected and perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.”
“Rolling out the disclosure scheme across the country ensures people in the Highlands have the right to information to enable them to make choices that could keep them safe from domestic abuse. The scheme will greatly support our work to tackle domestic abuse in all its forms and sends out a clear message that this appalling crime will not be tolerated anywhere in the country.”

Commenting on behalf of Inverness Women’s Aid, the organisation’s Catherine Russell, stated:

“Last year Inverness Women’s Aid supported 458 women and 246 children and young people. Our service areas covers approximately 46% of the Highland population through Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey. We often see women enter our service and recognise we have also supported a woman who has been in a previous relationship with their partner.”

“It has been frustrating that we have not been able to do more to stop perpetrators moving from one victim to another. This new scheme will hopefully help those women in new relationships to find out early if their partner has a violent or abusive past history. It could save years of abuse for them and their children, it could ultimately save lives. We will be fully involved to help support any woman who hears a disclosure from the police.”

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