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Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018

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3.The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 (“the Act”) creates a specific statutory offence of domestic abuse and makes a number of associated changes to criminal procedure, evidence and sentencing in domestic abuse cases.

4.A more detailed explanation of the Act’s purpose can be found in the Policy Memorandum, which also explains the thinking and policy intentions that underpin it.

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Text created by the Scottish Executive department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Acts of the Scottish Parliament except those which result from Budget Bills

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