The changes which are detailed in the Domestic Abuse Bill, are aimed at improving justice for victims of domestic abuse.
The bill was introduced last year by MSP Rhoda Grant, and is aimed at increasing justice for victims of domestic violence by enabling police and prosecutors to provide better responses to breached civil protection orders by dealing with them as a criminal offence.
The bill also recommended including a statutory definition of ”domestic abuse” in the legislation, which should be restricted to generally accepted categories of partners and not extended to cover additional family relationships.
Convener Bill Aitken MSP said: “The justice committee recognises the importance of Rhoda Grant’s bill and we have agreed to support the general principles of the bill at stage one.”
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