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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-05491
Asked by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 6 January 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents of domestic abuse by (a) men against women and (b) women against men were reported to Police Scotland between 1 January and 30 June 2021.

Current status: Answered by Keith Brown on 18 January 2022


Answer

The latest published Official Statistics on the number of incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the Police in Scotland are for the year to 31 March 2021. In the period from 1 January to 31 March 2021, where the victim’s gender was recorded, 80% (9,034) of domestic abuse incidents involved a female victim and a male accused; 17% (1,867) of domestic abuse incidents involved a male victim and a female accused.

Figures showing police recorded domestic abuse incidents are also published in the monthly data reports on how the pandemic has affected the Justice system in Scotland. In the period from 1 April to 30 June 2021 the police recorded 15,749 incidents of domestic abuse. This data is based on management information provided each month by Police Scotland, however we do not at this stage hold any further details on those involved. As standard practice, a gender breakdown will be available when the 2021-22 annual Official Statistics are published later this year.