“There is a serious concern that domestic abuse figures for Inverclyde have increased by over 9% in the past year”, said Stuart McMillan MSP commenting on the release of figures recording the level of domestic abuse recorded by the Police in Scotland.
Official statistics have indicated an overall increase in domestic abuse in Scotland as recorded by the Police in the past year, rising from 58,439 incidents in 2013/14 to 59,882 in 2014/15 – an increase of 2.5%. However, local figures for Inverclyde indicate a rise from 811 (2013/14) to 889 (2014/15) – an increase of over 9%.
Other findings from the official statistics reveal:
- 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.
- 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.
Stuart McMillan MSP added:
“Incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police do not reveal all incidents of domestic abuse in Scotland as not all incidents are reported to the police.
“There have been a number of campaigns to encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forward and this may have had an impact in some of the figures but it is still important that anyone who feels threatened with domestic abuse comes forward.
“The increase in domestic abuse figures in Inverclyde shows that more needs to be done to tackle this issue. It is particularly concerning that Inverclyde’s increase (over 9%) is far higher than the Scottish wide figure (2.5%).”
The definition of domestic abuse used by Police Scotland is:
‘Any form of physical, sexual or mental and emotional abuse [that] might amount to criminal conduct and which takes place within the context of a relationship. The relationship will be between partners (married, cohabiting, civil partnership or otherwise) or ex-partners. The abuse can be committed in the home or elsewhere’.