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Information relating to domestic abuse is available from a number of statistical bulletins, within the Crime and Justice series, published by the Scottish Government. These relate to data collected at different stages of the criminal justice system or to data from a household survey in Scotland.
This analytical paper collates, presents and discusses the main statistics on domestic abuse in Scotland from two principal sources of statistics on domestic abuse, namely police recorded incidents of domestic abuse and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS). Each source has different strengths and limitations but together they provide a more comprehensive picture of domestic abuse in Scotland and help to measure the extent and impact of domestic abuse in Scotland. This paper is based on statistics for 2010-11, the most recent year for which statistics are available from both sources. The paper does not present new statistics but collates previously published information.