Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Year 2018
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description


In February 2018, the Scottish Government passed the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill and the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 came into force in April 2019. The Act creates a specific offence of domestic abuse that covers not just physical abuse but also other forms of psychological abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour. The legislation also recognises the fact that children are harmed by domestic abuse by providing for a statutory aggravation in relation to children and strengthens protections for victims as Courts are required to have a particular focus on the safety of the victim when sentencing.

Source of Information

United Kingdom's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.35

For more information: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018