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Homicide in Scotland, 2014-15

Published: 29 Sep 2015 10:15
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Law and order

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland's Chief Statistician today published Homicide in Scotland, 2014-15. The publication provides information on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2014-15. The main findings are:

There were 59 homicide victims recorded by the police in Scotland in 2014-15, two less than in 2013-14. This is the lowest number of victims since comparable data became available in 1976. There were 77 people accused of homicide, a 13% decrease from the 89 accused of homicide in 2013-14. This, like homicide victims, is the lowest number of accused since comparable data became available.

In 2014-15, the number of homicides in Glasgow City local authority area has more than halved (-56%) since 2005-06. This compares to a fall of around a third across
(-38%) Scotland in that time.

The number of homicides taking place in residential locations continue to rise as a proportion of all homicides, and in 2014-15 over two-thirds (68%) of all homicides took place in residential locations.

Over the last ten years, males have accounted for the vast majority of homicide victims and also those accused of homicide. In 2014-15, males accounted for around three-quarters of all victims and over 90% of all those accused of homicide in 2014-15.

When males are victims of homicide they continue to be most likely to be killed by a friend or other acquaintance (39% of all male victims) in 2014-15. Females, in comparison, continue to be most likely killed by a partner or ex-partner, accounting for 43% of all female victims in 2014-15.

Sharp instruments continue to be the most common method of homicide, and accounted for over half (56%) of all homicides in 2014-15. When a sharp instrument was used, the instrument was overwhelmingly (82%) a knife.

Notes to editors

1. The full statistical publication can be accessed at:

2. The term "sharp instrument" includes knives, broken bottles, swords, sharpened screwdrivers and any other pointed or edged weapons.

3. Further information on Crime and Justice statistics within Scotland can be accessed at:

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