Domestic abuse: statistics recorded by the police in Scotland - 2016/17

Characteristics of victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse incidents recorded by the police in Scotland.

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This bulletin presents statistics on domestic abuse, based on details of incidents and recorded crime supplied by Police Scotland in 2016-17. Incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police do not reveal all incidents of domestic abuse in Scotland as not all incidents are reported to the police. The figures are used to inform policy and, in conjunction with the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey ( see Chapter 4), are used to assess the extent and nature of domestic abuse in Scotland.

The definition of domestic abuse used by Police Scotland is:

'Any form of physical, sexual or mental and emotional abuse [that] might amount to criminal conduct and which takes place within the context of a relationship. The relationship will be between partners (married, cohabiting, civil partnership or otherwise) or ex-partners. The abuse can be committed in the home or elsewhere'.

Key points on Incidents of Domestic Abuse


Email: Mark Bell

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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