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Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2013-14 & 2014-15

Published: 27 Oct 2015 09:30
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Law and order

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Scotland's Chief Statistician today released Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2013-14 & 2014-15.

The main findings include:

In 2013-14 there were 58,439 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland. In 2014-15 there were 59,882 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, an increase of 2.5% from 2013-14.

In 2014-15, 54% of incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland resulted in at least one crime or offence being committed. This remained unchanged from 2013-14.

There were 1,120 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland per 100,000 population in 2014-15. At a local authority level, Dundee City (1,703) and Glasgow City (1,497) recorded the highest incident rates per 100,000 population. Shetland Islands (461), Orkney Islands (528) and Eilean Siar (532) recorded the lowest rates per 100,000 population.

Incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland with a female victim and a male perpetrator represented 79% of all incidents of domestic abuse in 2014-15 where gender information was recorded. Since 2005-06 this percentage share has fallen from 87%.

The proportion of incidents with a male victim and a female perpetrator (where gender was recorded) has increased from 11% in 2005-06 to 18% in 2014-15.

In 2014-15, the 26-30 years old age group has the highest rate per 100,000 population for both victims (2,615 incidents recorded per 100,000 population) and perpetrators (2,766 incidents recorded per 100,000 population).

Incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police are more common at weekends with 37% of all incidents in 2014-15 occurring on a Saturday or Sunday.

Notes to editors

  1. The full statistical publication can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/10/8859

  1. Further Information on Crime and Justice statistics within Scotland can be accessed at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice

  1. Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About