Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001

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The Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 14) is an Act of the Scottish Parliament. It was passed on 4 October 2001, receiving Royal Assent on 6 November.[1]

Background and legislation[edit]

In January 2000, following the devolution of the Scottish Parliament the previous year, Justice Minister Jim Wallace announced proposals to reform family law in Scotland, which would include new legislation on domestic abuse.[2] Plans to increase protection for victims of domestic violence were temporarily delayed[3] but the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) bill was published in June 2001 and was subsequently passed by the parliament on 4 October.[4] The act received Royal Assent on 6 November.[1]

The act allows interdicts to be brought against abusers by their victims and gives the police the power to arrest and charge an individual who breaks such an interdict.[1] By giving the police this new power, the act amends the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981.[5] The 2001 act was intended to extend protection to victims of domestic abuse by unmarried and same-sex partners, as well as those no longer in a relationship with their abuser.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 14) Introductory Text", UK Statute Law Database, retrieved 22 April 2011 
  2. ^ "Wallace Outlines Family Law Shake-up", BBC News, BBC, 20 January 2000, retrieved 22 April 2011 
  3. ^ "Abuse Bill Plan Put on Ice", BBC News, BBC, 6 September 2000, retrieved 22 April 2011 
  4. ^ "Domestic Abuse Bill Approved", BBC News, BBC, 4 October 2000, retrieved 22 April 2011 
  5. ^ "Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 14) Amendment of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981", UK Statute Law Database, retrieved 22 April 2011 
  6. ^ Cavanagh, Kate; Connelly, Clare; Scoular, Jane (26 November 2003), "Evaluation of the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001", scotland.gov.uk, Scottish Executive Social Research, ISBN 0-7559-3625-6, retrieved 22 April 2011