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CIH Scotland commends new legislative proposals to protect victims of domestic abuse

07/10/2020


In response to the Scottish Government introducing its Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill, CIH Scotland has commended the legislation.

The proposals in the Bill will allow social landlords to end or transfer the tenancy of a perpetrator of domestic abuse to prevent a victim becoming homeless. Currently, where both a victim and preparator of domestic abuse are named on the tenancy agreement it is not possible to end the tenancy without making both the perpetrator and victim homeless unless both parties’ give permission.

The Bill also gives police and courts powers to remove suspected abusers from a victim’s home and ban them from re-entering.

CIH Scotland national director, Callum Chomczuk, said:

“It is fantastic to see this Bill published. Victim- survivors need housing like we all do and this legislation can play a key role preventing women & children experiencing domestic abuse becoming homeless. Social landlords have been calling for more powers to protect victims of domestic abuse and we look forward to Parliament scrutinising and passing this legislation over the coming months.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at www.cih.org

2. For further information, please contact Callum Chomczuk, national director at callum.chomczuk@cih.org


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