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.

Read the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill and its accompanying documents.

Stage 1

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


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

> Read the call for evidence

> Read the news release

The Committee will take evidence on the Bill during May and June.