Domestic Abuse

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 11th March 2011.

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Photo of Marlyn Glen Marlyn Glen Labour

Question S3W-39954

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-13076 by Fergus Ewing on 24 February 2011 ( Official Report , c. 33517), how it is addressing the provision of specialist advocacy services in courts dealing with domestic abuse incidents.

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Specialist advocacy services in courts dealing with domestic abuse incidents is a joint local matter for police, criminal justice social work, Crown Office/Procurator Fiscal Service (inc. Victim Information Agency), Witness Service, Scottish Court Service and the third sector (i.e., Victim Support Scotland, Women’s Aid etc.). The domestic abuse toolkit encourages local partners in sheriffdoms to consider setting up multi-agency steering and implementation groups, which would agree the shape of a local specialist advocacy service.

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