Domestic violence figures fall by 3%

The levels of domestic abuse reported to Police Scotland have dropped by 3% over the past year.

The figures published yesterday show that in 2015/16 there were 58,104 incidents of domestic abuse compared to 59,882 in 2014/15.

In line with statistics from previous years, in 80% of cases the victim was female while 20% were male victims.

In half of reported domestic abuse cases, the victim, accused or both were already known to police for previous incidents.

The statistics also show the location of domestic abuse incidents, with 87% happening in the home.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said:

“Scotland will not tolerate the scourge of domestic abuse. Nobody should live in fear at home or within their wider community and we continue to do everything we can to eradicate this type of violence and support victims to have the confidence to come forward and report the crimes committed against them.”

Mhairi McGowan of specialist independent domestic abuse advocacy service ASSIST said:“It’s important as a society that we continue to develop our response to domestic abuse. There has been huge progress, but there is still a lot to do before all victims are safe and domestic abuse is eradicated.”

Brenna Jessie, A spokeswoman from Scottish Women’s Aid, says that despite the drop in numbers, new laws still need to be introduced.

The Domestic abuse statistics can be found on the Scottish Government website.

For more information on Domestic Abuse visit police Scotlands Domestic Abuse pages in the Keep Safe section of the website.

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