The SNP has welcomed today’s confirmation by the First Minister that a pilot of Clare’s Law will be carried out in Scotland in an effort to tackle domestic abuse.

Speaking during First Minister’s Questions today, Alex Salmond announced that the Scottish Government would work alongside Police Scotland and other partners to develop a pilot of the law – following an announcement by Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House – which would allow people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence.

This move comes alongside existing Scottish Government investment in tackling domestic violence and the upcoming publication of a Scottish Government strategy designed to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women.

Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said: "Domestic abuse is an abhorrent crime which blights the lives of too many people in our communities – and so it is absolutely right that the Scottish Government looks at new ways to tackle it.

“Clare’s Law won’t solve the problem of domestic abuse in isolation – it is absolutely essential that we continue to promote a joined-up approach and make sure that our police and the courts have the necessary powers to bring perpetrators of domestic abuse to justice.

“Alongside this pilot, the Scottish Government is investing £34.5m between 2012 and 2015 in work to tackle violence against women and will publish a strategy this summer to eradicate all forms of domestic abuse and make Scotland a safer place."

Notes:

Clare’s Law is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 2009.

The Scottish Government is providing £34.5m over the period 2012-15 for work to tackle violence against women - including domestic abuse.