This bulletin presents statistics on domestic abuse, based on details of incidents supplied by the eight Scottish police forces in 2008-09. This is the tenth time such data have been collated centrally, and the fourth time they have been presented on a financial year basis. Further details on the background and basis of the statistics are given in the notes section of the Annex.
The statistics presented in this bulletin are described as incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police. The bulletin reports the most serious crime/offence associated with each incident. It should be recognised that the statistics presented in this bulletin cover only the incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police. Please note that not all incidents of domestic abuse come to the attention of the police.
Chart 1 - Incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police: Crimes & offences and behaviour not amounting to a crime or offence, Scotland, 2000-01 to 2008-09.