Drop in recorded incidents of domestic abuse

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The number of domestic abuse incidents reported to the police has fallen for the first time in ten years.  Official figures published today show a drop of 4 per cent in reported domestic abuse cases over the last year.

51,926 incidents were recorded by the police in 2009-10, over 2000 less incidents than in the previous year.  In 2009-10, 68 per cent of incidents involving a crime were reported to the procurator fiscal by the police, up from 64 per cent in 2008-09.

There were 8,600 incidents reported by male victims of female abusers. Male victims of female abusers now account for 15 per cent of cases, which has increased from 8 per cent in 2000-01.

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said:

“Scotland is leading the way in tackling domestic abuse.

“Our hard-hitting campaigns broke taboos, got the message out that this behaviour is totally unacceptable and created awareness of the wide-range of help and support for victims.

“It is encouraging to see that reported domestic abuse incidents are now on the decrease and police forces are cracking down on this despicable behaviour.

“We’re also pleased that more men are finding the courage to come forward and our confidential Men’s Advice Line stands ready to support men experiencing abuse.

“Preventing domestic abuse and offering practical and emotional support for victims to get their lives back on track is a key priority.”