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24/10/17 09:32

Domestic abuse recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2016-17

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2016-17.

The main findings include:

In 2016-17 there were 58,810 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, an increase of 1% from 2015-16.

In 2016-17, 47% of incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland resulted in at least one crime or offence being committed. The proportion in 2015-16 was 51% (29,906). Over the past 10 years this percentage has fluctuated between 47% (this year) and 62% (in 2009-10), with no obvious trend over the longer term.

Incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland with a female victim and a male accused represented 79% of all incidents of domestic abuse in 2016-17 where gender information was recorded. Since 2007-08 this percentage share has fallen from 85%.

In 2016-17, the 26-30 years old age group has the highest rate for both victims (274 incidents recorded per 10,000 population) and accused (265 incidents recorded per 10,000 population).

Incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police are more common at weekends with 36% of all incidents in 2016-17 occurring on a Saturday or Sunday.

In 2016-17, 88% of all incidents of domestic abuse occurred in a home or dwelling.

 

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