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Domestic Abuse Bill debate

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill was debated at the last stage of its parliamentary scrutiny on 16 March 2011.

Domestic abuse was described as a "stain" on Scotland as MSPs backed new laws to tackle the issue.

The legislation put forward by Labour MSP Rhoda Grant seeks to increase victims' access to justice and help police and prosecutors provide a stronger response to breached civil protection orders.

The Domestic Abuse Bill creates a new offence with the power to arrest anyone who breaches an interdict where abuse is involved.

Ms Grant said: "It's not the last word in tackling domestic abuse, however it's another step in the right direction."

She concluded by saying "I look forward to the day that we as a parliament and as a society can eradicate this scourge."

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