Justice and Safety

  • One week to go until new domestic abuse law comes into force

    25th March 2019 by

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf visited Glasgow East Women’s Aid this morning (25 March 2019) to hear how staff are preparing for the Domestic Abuse Act coming into force in seven days. The Act creates a new offence of domestic abuse which covers psychological harm as well as physical…

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  • The week in review

    18th May 2018 by

    Ministers have had another busy week dealing with and meeting with key partners across a range of justice system and public safety issues – from launching a consultation on a major review of family law, to seeing first-hand an innovative scheme to help steer young people away from the risk of being drawn into serious…

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  • The week in review

    20th April 2018 by

    Welcome back to our week in review – we hope you enjoyed Easter. This week, Ministers announced plans to extend an innovative community sentence project tackling domestic abuse, greater support for victims of crime, including families of murder victims, and support for an innovative outdoor learning residential and urban community-based project. We also saw a…

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  • The week in review

    2nd March 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes new statistics on human trafficking, new regulations of civil courts system and an independent review into legal aid system. Firstly though, on behalf of the public, the Justice and Safer Communities directorates would like to extend our thanks to all those across the Justice sector who have worked so hard during this week’s extreme…

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  • The week in review

    2nd February 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes Justice Secretary Michael Matheson visiting Women’s Aid HQ to announce funding ahead of the passage of the Domestic Abuse Bill, and Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing speaking at the launch of the Scotland Drowning Prevention Strategy. Justice for domestic abuse survivors This week the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill was passed by…

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  • The week in review

    20th January 2018 by

    This week’s round-up includes Justice Secretary Michael Matheson’s visit to HM Prison Edinburgh, Police Scotland figures for reports of domestic abuse over the festive period and Community Safety & Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing’s visit to Coatbridge Fire Station to hear views about service transformation plans from frontline crews. No let-up in tackling domestic abuse On Monday Police Scotland reported that…

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  • Last month in review

    12th January 2018 by

    Welcome back to the first blog post of the year. This week’s blog reflects on some highlights from the festive period. Tackling domestic abuse Late last year saw the announcement that around 14,000 Police Scotland officers and staff will receive further training to assess instances of psychological abuse and coercive control in domestic abuse cases….

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  • The week in review

    15th December 2017 by

    This week’s round-up includes some of the justice elements of the Scottish Government’s 2018-19 draft Budget announcement, a service to remember missing loved-ones and an international conference on policing hosted in Scotland. Investing in Justice and safety On Wednesday Cabinet Secretary for Finance & the Constitution Derek Mackay set out the Scottish Government’s draft budget…

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  • The week in review

    8th December 2017 by

    This week’s round-up includes Ministers’ engagements on police recruitment, on media reporting of domestic abuse, and debating legislation to tackle offensive behaviour at football and threatening communications. New police recruits Justice Secretary Michael Matheson was at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan to witness 222 new officers from Police Scotland and British Transport Police Scotland passing…

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  • The week in Review

    24th November 2017 by

    Cashback for Communities Justice Secretary Michael Matheson was welcomed to Hampden this week to hear about the positive impact the CashBack for Communities programme has had on young people across Scottish football. CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme that takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities…

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