Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill


Outcome: E

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about abusive behaviour; and to make provision about sexual harm including provision about directions to be given to juries in sexual offence cases and provision about orders to prevent future sexual harm.

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, on 8 October 2015.

The Bill was passed by the Parliament on 22 March 2016 and received Royal Assent on 28 April 2016.

Stage 1

Lead Committee: Justice

Dates of consideration by lead committee:

27 October 2015

17 November 2015 (evidence)

24 November 2015 (evidence)

8 December 2015 (evidence)

5 January 2016 (evidence)

12 January 2016

19 January 2016

Report by the Justice Committee on the Bill at Stage 1, published on 21 January 2016:

Dates of consideration by other committee:

10 November 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

Report by the Delegated Powers and Law reform Committee on the delegated powers provisions in the Bill, published on 11 November 2015:

Minute of Stage 1 debate

Official Report of Stage 1 debate


After Passing

The Bill received Royal Assent on 28 April 2016.