Domestic violence and compensation rights | Police Scotland record 1,700 crimes under new act

28th May 2020
Lisa Boyle

Domestic violence and compensation rights | Police Scotland record 1,700 crimes under new act


Many victims of domestic abuse are unaware of their rights in terms of compensation. Abuse can affect you physically, mentally, psychologically, financially and practically.

Scottish Women’s Aid previously warned of an increase in the severity of domestic abuse as a result of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

And this week it was announced there had been almost 1,700 offences recorded under the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act (DASA).

Introduced in April 2019, the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act (DASA) criminalised coercive and controlling behaviours used by abusive partners.

Heather Tierney, a senior solicitor at Watermans, commented: “This figure is taken from a Scottish Police Authority report which only includes a short period of the lockdown therefore the true figure to date is likely to be much higher.



Heather Tierney


“It is also worth keeping in mind that these figures only take into account the reported instances of abuse and not those instances which go unreported.

“Whilst it is good news that the Scottish Police Authority are keen to be proactive in cases involving a history of domestic abuse, there is no getting away from the fact that for many people the lockdown isolates them in an unsafe environment. In my view the lockdown leaves those in a domestically abuse relationship at greater risk.

“The isolation caused by lockdown will be preventing victims from accessing services and also removes many of their usual options for time away from their abusive situation (i.e. via family, work or school).”

In these troubling times it is no surprise that there has been an 18 per cent increase in requests to Police Scotland to expose a partner’s history of previous abuse.

Under the new Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland, individuals have the opportunity to seek confirmation from police about the historical past of their partner. This scheme also gives Police officers the option to explain to an individual if they feel they may well be at danger.

It is important that you get the right support and advice. At Watermans, we specialise in claims for compensation and can guide you through the claims process for criminal injuries compensation.

If you intend to pursue a compensation claim for domestic violence, it is far better to hire a personal injury solicitor who specialises in these types of cases.

Contact us today for advice on your compensation claim.