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Domestic abuse court puts seven in jail over Christmas

Seven people in Fife spent Christmas in custody for domestic abuse and will now be fast-tracked through the courts.

Since 1 December, 78 people have been arrested following domestic abuse allegations in Fife.

A specialist domestic abuse court in Dunfermline is designed to bring domestic abuse cases to trial quickly and ensure "consistence of approach for the better protection of victims".

Justice process

Det Ch Insp Pauline McCallum, of Fife Constabulary, said: "The domestic abuse court is a very positive step forward.

"It places the victim at the heart of the criminal justice process.

"All allegations will be subject to robust investigation by Fife Constabulary and supports will be put in place to reduce further harm."

District procurator fiscal Fiona Cameron said: "Domestic abusers tend to be very careful to make sure they carry out their crimes behind closed doors, so the offences happen in private, which means the victim is often the only witness of the crime."

Sheila Noble, co-ordinator of the Fife Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership, said: "The new court is a hugely important part of the jigsaw to tackling domestic abuse in Fife.

"Abusers need to be held accountable for their actions and everyone has the right to live their lives free from the fear of abuse."

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