New data shows snapshot of a much bigger picture - and problem - in Scotland

25 Oct 2017
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New data captured by Police Scotland isn’t a measure of domestic abuse in Scotland, it’s just a reflection of police activity.

For every reported ‘incident’ of domestic abuse there are so many stories untold, because domestic abuse is never just an ‘incident’. Domestic abuse is about control. It is about intimidation, humiliation and sometimes violence. It robs women, children and young people of their self-esteem, their liberty, their right to live free from fear and tragically for a small number, male violence robs them of their life.

With this in mind, we know that there is currently no accurate way to capture or record domestic abuse, so news of a small increase in reported incidents comes as no surprise. Shocking as these figures are, they still show only a hazy snapshot of what is a much bigger picture – and problem – in every community in Scotland.

It has long been evidenced that domestic abuse is gendered. These statistics support that fact, showing that women are overwhelmingly but not exclusively victims, and that the abuse and violence they experience is perpetrated predominantly by men. This understanding is important. Though these statistics tell us nothing new, we hope they encourage awareness that despite being an issue that disproportionately impacts women, domestic abuse is everybody’s problem.

 

 

Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2014, 45 women and 25 children and young people asked for refuge accommodation, but Women's Aid groups were unable to find suitable spaces for 16 women and nine children and young people (SWA 2014)

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