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Domestic Abuse Figures Across The County Have Increased


07/10/16


The number of domestic abuse incidents recorded by police has risen in Lanarkshire over the past year, despite a reduction in Scotland, overall.

A Scottish Government report shows that there was over 200 more incidents throughout the county in 2015-16 than in 2014-15. The current figure stands at 7259, while there were 7048 last year.

Of these incidents, in 2015-16, 3253 were recorded in South Lanarkshire, and 4006 in North Lanarkshire.


The county’s statistics are in contrast to the overall three per cent reduction in incidents reported to Police Scotland over the past year.

While there was 59,882 recorded in 2014-15, it fell to 58,104 in 2015-16.

In line with statistics from previous years, in 80 per cent of cases the victim was female, while 20 per cent 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 per cent 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.”