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Domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, 2019-20

Published: 22 Jun 2021 09:59

An Official Statistics publication for Scotland.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, 2019-20.

The main findings include:

The police recorded 62,907 incidents of domestic abuse in 2019-20, an increase of 4% compared to the previous year. This is the fourth year in a row this figure has shown an increase.

In 2019-20, 40% of incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland included the recording of at least one crime or offence.

The type of crime or offence that was most frequently recorded as part of a domestic abuse incident in 2019-20 was Common assault, accounting for 34% of all crimes and offences recorded. This was followed by Breach of the peace etc. accounting for 26% of crimes and offences.

Following its enactment on 1 April 2019, crimes recorded under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 accounted for 4% of crimes and offences recorded as part of a domestic abuse incident in 2019-20.

There were 115 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland per 10,000 population in 2019-20. At a local authority level, Dundee City (166), Clackmannanshire (152) and Glasgow City (151) had the highest incident rates.

Where gender information was recorded, around four-in-five incidents of domestic abuse (82%) in 2019-20 had a female victim and a male accused. This was the same as in 2018-19.

In 2019-20, the 26 to 30 years old age group had the highest incident rate for victims (272 incidents recorded per 10,000 population). The 31 to 35 years old age group had the highest incident rate for the accused (257 incidents recorded per 10,000 population).

Recorded incidents of domestic abuse were higher on a Saturday or Sunday than on any other day of the week, with these two days together accounting for just over a third (34%) of incidents in 2019-20.

In 2019-20, around nine-in-ten (88%) of all domestic abuse incidents occurred in a home or dwelling. 

Background

  1. The full statistical publication can be accessed online.
  1. Further Information on Crime and Justice statistics within Scotland can be accessed online.           
  1. Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff. Further information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be found online.