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What will happen if I don't change my behaviour?

Published: 07 December 2022

If you continue to behave abusively towards your partner you will potentially lose that person, possibly some of your friends too and you will be arrested and convicted of domestic abuse.

Being convicted of domestic abuse offences can carry a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail.

Under the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS), people have the right to ask about the background of their partner.

It also allows concerned relatives and friends, the right to ask about someone’s partner. They can ask if they have been abusive in the past.

DSDAS also gives Police Scotland the power to tell people that they may be at risk. This information can be given even if it is not asked for.

Where we have information that a person may be at harm of domestic abuse by their partner, we have the power to tell them.

If you are convicted of domestic abuse and at a later date we think a future partner could be at risk, we will tell them.

The way you treat your partner now, could have long term consequences.

If you recognise that your behaviour is showing signs of becoming abusive, look to change and get support.