Either see below Gil most recent written questions to Parliament or select a category.
To ask the Scottish Government how the justice system works with ASSIST to support victims of domestic abuse.
Answered by Kenny MacAskill (05/03/2014):The prosecution of domestic abuse is a strategic priority of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
Prosecutors recognise the need to work with specialist organisations to create a criminal justice system where victims get the help and services they need.
ASSIST is a valued partner of the police and COPFS. Police officers will refer victims of domestic abuse to ASSIST who will carry out a risk assessment of the victim and ensure that safety planning has been put in place. They will then provide a report to prosecutors containing additional information that may be beneficial to the case including information about risk posed to the victim and the victim’s views on special bail conditions and non-harassment orders where this information is available. ASSIST supports victim engagement throughout the court process. Prosecutors are in daily contact with workers from ASSIST in order to ensure that they have up to date information on the cases they deal with.
I have visited ASSIST myself on a number of occasions, including last week, and I am always impressed by the excellent service they provide to victims, and their effective partnerships with all other agencies who are working tirelessly to tackle this most devastating of crimes.
Note: This page contains both questions laid by Gil as MSP for West of Scotland (2007-2011, title starts "S3W/O") and Clydebank & Milngavie (2011-present, title starts "S4W/O")