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Calls for best practice to prevent domestic abuse
Changes to ensure people at high risk of harm through domestic abuse are better protected and provided with quicker support are being considered.
A public consultation is looking at the way that police, local authorities, health and social care, the third sector and other relevant organisations work together to assess the risk of the most serious levels of harm.
The way this is tackled varies across Scotland. This consultation will identify best practice that can be shared and if there is a need for a more consistent approach.
The consultation closes at the start of April.
Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “The level of protection for people against serious harm in their own homes shouldn’t be dependent on their post code. Domestic abuse can rob victims of their confidence, self-esteem, their home and – in the most extreme cases – their lives.”
Mary Kettings,Women’s Aid Western Isles, who have already provided a response to the consultation would like to encourage others to do the same. She said: “Partnership working is pivotal when delivering frontline services across remote and rural areas.
“Through the consultation, we would hope to see National Standards being introduced by the Scottish Government to minimise the postcode lottery effect for the women and children that we support in the Western Isles, and reduce variances in service responses throughout Scotland for families who experience abuse in their lives.”
• See the consultation here.