Abuse scheme rolled out in towns

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

The Dis­clo­sure Scheme for Do­mes­tic Abuse (Scot­land) ( DSDAS) has been rolled out in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful pi­lot.

Since the start of the pi­lot scheme in Novem­ber last year, 86 re­quests have been re­ceived for dis­clo­sure with 35 re­quests re­sult­ing in a dis­clo­sure be­ing made.

An­nounc­ing the roll out, Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Rose Fitz­patrick, said:“Do­mes­tic abuse af­fects all our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Our role is bring­ing of­fend­ers to jus­tice and work­ing with part­ners to en­sure that vic­tims are pro­tected and re­ceive the right sup­port.

“Up to 25 per cent of po­lice time is spent re­spond­ing to do­mes­tic in­ci­dents with nearly 60,000 in­ci­dents recorded by Po­lice Scot­land of­fi­cers last year.

“When peo­ple form new re­la­tion­ships, there can be con­cerns that the new part­ner may have an abu­sive past.

“This scheme gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to ask that ques­tion.

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