• Specialist ‘Prosecutor’ for Domestic Violence appointed in Scotland. Domestic Violence Expert Tina Royles


    The appointment of Anne Marie Hicks as a specialist prosecutor for Scotland to oversee cases of Domestic Violence, I think is a positive step forward in trying tackling some of the inconsistencies and difficulties often faced in such prosecutions. With someone taking ownership, having a responsibility for, and also, who actually has the ability and power to make decisions will have a big impact and play a vital and pivotal part in making a difference.

    Where someone has ownership rather than a monopoly this is a good thing.

    In England, Labour’s Yvette Cooper is advocating for the role of ‘Commissioners’ specifically for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and while this sounds like a positive step forward – unlike Hicks role there does not appear at present to be the provision for this proposed ‘Commissioner’ to have the ability and power to make key/final decisions – but it is the need for a person or organisation to have the ability and power to make key decisions that is always paramount when dealing with Domestic Violence, together with monitoring and accountability, because very often guidance isn’t enough because where there is discretion, grey areas creep in and people and organisations can often fail to act.

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    About Tina Royles

    Connet with me: Google+ Tina Royles is the UKs leading expert in domestic violence offering Domestic Violence Counselling, Relationship Counselling and Anger as well as Stress Management Counselling. She is one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced domestic violence experts providing consultancy and advice to those who have suffered domestic violence, are currently in violent relationships or to friends and family of those affected. Tina provides the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education and is regularly called upon by the national and local press to provide expert comments on high profile cases. Tina Royles

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