Motion ref. S6M-01604
Domestic Abuse Charges
Submitted by: Katy Clark, West Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Monday, October 11, 2021
Supported by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support
That the Parliament understands that there were over 33,000 charges with a domestic abuse identifier reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service during 2020-21; believes with concern that this is a 9% increase on the year before and the highest figure reported in five years; notes that charges reported under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 accounted for 4.7% of all domestic abuse charges reported; understands that, in 87% of domestic abuse cases, the aggressor was male, and that one-in-four cases was classed as common assault; notes the view that the Scottish Government must analyse and evaluate the outcomes of specialist domestic abuse courts in Glasgow and Edinburgh and how they compare to outcomes in other courts, and notes the calls on the government to heed the requests from women’s aid charities for it to lay out a strategy for rolling out these specialist courts across the country.