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Message to domestic abuse perpetrators

If you are an abuser and have committed, or are committing domestic abuse towards your partner, or ex-partner you should be aware that you will be held accountable for your behaviour. Any criminal conduct will be actively pursued by Police Scotland, it will not be tolerated and there will be consequences.

Domestic abuse can occur in many ways, the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 came into force on 1st April 2019 and brought in a new domestic abuse offence which recognised that abuse was often a course of conduct, and that abusive behaviours included violent, physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse.

A person who commits an offence under section 1, Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 can be imprisoned for up to 14 years or fined (or both).

Key points to note:

  • Police Scotland will use all investigative methods at our disposal to build the strongest possible case against you.
  • Police Scotland make the decision in relation to charging you.
  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal's Service make the decision in relation to prosecuting you. 
  • Bail conditions may be imposed in order to minimise any potential future risk of harm that you may pose.
  • It is your responsibility to comply fully with any bail conditions.
  • Any breaches of bail will be treated as such even if you state that you have reconciled with your partner.

How to get help

If you are an abuser, or have abused in the past and recognise that in order to change your behaviour you need help, there are services available.

Listed below are organisations which offer support, you may find them useful.