Protecting people from domestic abuse
Police and the courts will be given new powers to remove suspected domestic abusers from the homes of victims or others at risk, the First Minister has announced. The Scottish Government will introduce a Bill to Parliament which will create new protective orders to keep a suspected perpetrator away from the household of someone at risk of abuse. In contrast with existing civil measures such as Non-Harassment Orders and Exclusion Orders, protective orders would not require the person at risk to make the application to the court themselves. Police would be able to impose a short-term order directly and to apply to a court to put in place a longer-term order.
Scottish Government chief launches crackdown on soaring hate crime
Scotland’s communities tsar has blasted hate crime after Brexit was blamed for a rise in toxic language and behaviour. Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell says “hate crime has no place in Scotland” as she lays out masterplan to combat racism , sectarianism and bigotry. Speaking exclusively to the Record, she vows to toughen up anti hate crime legislation, battle Islamophobia and do more to protect all places of worship. She said: “The impact of hate crime has hugely damaging effects on victims, families and communities. Whether it’s rooted in sexual orientation, racism, islamophobia or any other form, it is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.