Derek Mackay MSP has welcomed the announcement today that Police Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland will be rolled out across Scotland later this year.
The First Minister and Chief Constable Sir Stephen House made the announcement in Edinburgh today.
Also known as Clare’s Law, the scheme allows people to contact the police and request information on their partner’s background if they suspect them of a history of domestic abuse.
During a trial in Ayrshire and Aberdeen a total of 59 applications were received and 22 disclosures made.
Each case is considered carefully by Police Scotland and other agencies to determine whether the application is lawful, necessary and proportionate to protect the individual from their partner.
Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:
“There is no excuse for domestic abuse and everything that can be done to protect people from this disgusting crime must be considered.
“I therefore welcome the announcement by the First Minister that the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse is to be rolled out across Scotland.
“This scheme will help protect people across Renfrewshire from possibly becoming victims of domestic abuse.”