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Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC also argued making domestic abuses a specific offence would help victims and could ensure the law "remains fit for purpose".

of tackling violence against women."

"Creating a specific offence of domestic abuse is one way in which we could ensure that our criminal law is and remains fit for purpose.

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A specific offence of domestic abuse could help combat violence against women

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"It has the potential to effect further change in societal attitudes, to instil confidence in victims and, of course, to ensure that their abusers are held to account.

"It would help victims by acknowledging the true impact and consequences of all types of abusive behaviours, including non violent tactics of control and abuse, and would solidify Scotland's position as a leader in the field Nike White Jacket

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Ms Thomson added: "Domestic abuse is in my view another area in which specialist legislation has a role to play.

She added that this approach meant there was only "limited recognition of the enormous impact that years of this kind of abuse has on women and on their children".

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CREATING a specific offence of domestic abuse could help ensure Scotland remains at the forefront of efforts to combat violence against women, one of the country's top prosecutors has said.

He stressed tackling abuse was a "key priority" for the Scottish Government and added work was being done to look at how new laws could help with this.

Police recorded 60,080 incidents of domestic abuse in Scotland in 2012 13, up from 59,847 in the previous year.

She stated: "I feel proud that by developing our policies and approach to this type of crime so significantly, we have undoubtedly contributed to this cultural and attitudinal shift, and increased public confidence in the criminal justice response."

Lily Greenan, the manager of Scottish Women's Aid, said while the justice system had improved the way it deals with domestic abuse, there were many cases where it was treated as a "series of minor assaults".

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Ms Thomson told the domestic abuse conference in Glasgow that Scotland had already "come a long way in dealing openly and honestly with the causes and consequences" of this type of crime.

She highlighted the need for a more modern approach to tackling the problem as she addressed a special conference organised by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

"Acknowledgement of the complexity of domestic abuse within a legal context is a positive move which will benefit women."

She highlighted the introduction of legislation on stalking in 2010 as one example of this, saying it "gave prosecutors a new tool to tackle this harmful behaviour and sent a clear public message that this sort of conduct was not acceptable and would not be tolerated".

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time to address this and look forward to working with COPFS and other partners in the Scottish criminal justice system to continue to improve the response to domestic abuse.

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"The Scottish Government is driving forward work to consider, in liaison with justice agencies and victim support groups, how new laws could help ensure those who commit acts of domestic abuse are dealt with effectively by our justice system."

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Anne Marie Hicks, the National Procurator Fiscal for domestic abuse, said there had "undoubtedly been a culture change over the years in the way in which domestic abuse is viewed".

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Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said there were already "a range of existing laws that can be used to deal with incidents of domestic abuse such as assault and stalking".

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