Date lodged: 12 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government in what month it will introduce its proposed Domestic Abuse Bill.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 1 November 2016
The First Minister announced in the Scottish Government's Programme for Government in September 2016 that legislation to create a specific offence of domestic abuse will be introduced in this Parliamentary year.
The Scottish Government is currently considering the responses received to the consultation on the draft offence of domestic abuse and, as a part of this work, has published a document outlining a number of proposed reforms to criminal procedure that relate to the creation of a specific offence of domestic abuse. This document can be viewed at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/10/3259/0.
The Bill will be introduced following the outcome of this further work.