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Scottish Domestic Violence Scheme Proving Popular

With the levels of domestic abuse reported in Scotland having increased by 2.5% in the past 12 months, the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS), which began on 1 October 2015, can only be welcomed.

DSDAS enables partners who suspect their partner may have an abusive past, to obtain information of said individual’s criminal past.

Since, 1 Oct, 109 requests have been made to the scheme, equating to more than 3 requests per day.

Before it’s official ‘roll out’ the Scheme was piloted in Aberdeen and Ayrshire leading to approximately 40 per cent of disclosure requests being granted.

Commenting recently, Rose Fitzpatrick who is a Deputy Chief Constable with Police Scotland, stated:

“The first few weeks of the scheme have been very positive and it continues to highlight the everyday challenges we face in tackling domestic abuse in Scotland.

“In 2014/15, Police Scotland attended nearly 60,000 reports of domestic incidents – every nine minutes our officers will be attending a report of a domestic incident somewhere in Scotland.

“We will attend every reported domestic incident and carry out a full and thorough investigation but if we can prevent a person, female or male, becoming a victim of domestic abuse in the first place then we have taken a step in the right direction. The disclosure scheme helps us do this.

“Domestic abuse is complex and can affect anyone. Perpetrators of abuse are calculating and malevolent. They seek to coerce and control their victims through intimidation, isolation and violence. Our officers are trained to recognise these signs of domestic abuse and to work with partners to ensure victims receive the support and protection they deserve.

“Police Scotland will not tolerate domestic abuse, it has to stop. There is no place for abusers to hide. We will pursue them, we will remove the risk they pose and we will bring them to justice and by working with our partners we will proactively seek to prevent them destroying the lives of their victims.”

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