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Summary

  1. The Public Petitions Committee takes evidence on a petition titled 'make more money available to mitigate welfare cuts'
  2. MSPs quiz Nicola Sturgeon in first minister's questions.
  3. SNP MSP Richard Lochhead marks World Cancer Day with a debate
  4. MSPs debate the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill at Stage 3

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That ends a historic day at the Scottish Parliament as the Domestic Abuse Bill passes

    Dr Marsha Scott from Scottish Women's Aid and colleagues recieve the plaudits of every MSP
    Image caption: Dr Marsha Scott from Scottish Women's Aid and colleagues recieve the plaudits of every MSP

    That ends a historic day at the Scottish Parliament as the Domestic Abuse Bill passes.

    MSPs vote to pass the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill.

    The legislation will create a specific offence of "abusive behaviour in relation to a partner or ex-partner".

    This includes psychological abuse such as coercive and controlling behaviour as well as violence.

    Members applaud the women in the public gallery
    Image caption: Members applaud the women in the public gallery
  2. A well deserved standing ovation for women's organisations

    Dr Marsha Scott, centre with the scarf fellow women's organisation representatives
    Image caption: Dr Marsha Scott, centre with the scarf from Scottish Women's Aid

    Representatives of Scottish women's organisation, including Scottish Women's Aid's Dr Marsha Scott, recieve a standing ovation from all MSPs (probaby including the one MSP that voted against it.)

    MSPs give a standing ovation to all the women in the gallery
    Image caption: MSPs give a standing ovation to all the women in the gallery
    Women
  3. BreakingMSPs pass the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill

    Woman comforts woman

    MSPs pass the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill.

    The legislation will create a specific offence of "abusive behaviour in relation to a partner or ex-partner".

    This includes psychological abuse such as coercive and controlling behaviour as well as violence.

    118 MSPs vote for it and one voted against.

    Members applaud the women in the public gallery
    Image caption: Members applaud the women in the public gallery
  4. Minister concludes with moving testimony of a survivor of domestic abuse

    Public gallery moved to tears
    Image caption: Public gallery moved to tears

    Mr Matheson concludes with moving testimony from a survivor who engaged with the parliament on this Bill.

    "Today as a parliament we stand with Dorothy and Nicola and many others who stood up against domestic abuse."

  5. Cabinet secretary confirms funding for training

    Michael Matheson

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson says those engaging with the victims of domestic abuse must have a proper understanding of the details within this Bill and confirms he has provided additional funding for training.

    Lib Dems MSP Liam McArthur asks about the predictability of funding over the next few years.

    The justice secretary confirms the Scottish government will continue to monitor this going forward.

    He reiterates the the forthcoming consultation on the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 will consider several of the issues around child protection raised by members throughout the debate.

  6. 'There is much more to do but we are moving forward'

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson
    Image caption: Justice Secretary Michael Matheson

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson says Holyrood is often at its best when it comes together and tackles some of critical problems we face as a society.

    Mr Matheson reiterattes that nearly 60,000 cases of domestic abuse were reported to Police Scotland and there are many more unreported.

    He says it is still a blight on many who suffer the scourge of domestic abuse.

    The justice secretary says: "There is much more to do but we are moving forward."

  7. Resources must be available for victims, says Tory MSP

    Abuse survivor

    Margaret Mitchell welcomes the amendment passed today on creating a presumption for non-harassment orders.

    If this Bill is to give victims of psychological abuse justice, sufficient resources to support victims and witnesses must be available, she says.

    There also needs to be a publicity campaign to ensure victims come forward, she concludes.