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Communication and domestic abuse offence statistics: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002


Information requested

1. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on Communication Offences arrests in Scotland between April 2018 to April 2021. This set should include sex of those arrested.

2. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on 'Persistent Unwanted Contact, Section 127, Communication Offence arrests in Scotland between April 2018 to April 2021. This set should include sex of those arrested.

3. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on 'Persistent Unwanted Contact, Section 127, Communication Offences arrests between April 2018 to April 2021, based on women (sex).

4. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on Communication Offences charges in Scotland between April 2018 to April 2021. This set should include sex of those arrested.

5. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on 'Persistent Unwanted Contact, Section 127, Communication Offence charges in Scotland between April 2018 to April 2021. This set should include sex of those arrested.

6. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on 'Persistent Unwanted Contact, Section 127, Communication Offences charges between April 2018 to April 2021, based on women (sex).

7. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on Communication Offences arrests in Scotland, that were initially recognised as a stalking offence, between April 2018 to April 2021.

8. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on false allegations arrests in Scotland, between April 2018 to April 2021.

9. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on false allegations charges in Scotland, between April 2018 to April 2021.

10. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on false allegations convictions in Scotland, between April 2018 to April 2021.

11. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on false allegations arrests, charges and convictions by gender and sex in Scotland, between April 2018 to April 2021.

12. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on domestic abuse counter allegations reports made in Scotland, between April 2018 to April 2021.

13. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on domestic abuse counter allegations reports made in Scotland by gender/sex, between April 2018 to April 2021.

14. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on complaints about Police Scotland relating to domestic abuse reports made in Scotland, between April 2018 to April 2021.

15. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on complaints about Police Scotland relating to domestic abuse reports made in Scotland, between April 2018 to April 2021, by sex/gender.

16. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on number of Police Scotland staff given learning points for failing domestic abuse reports in Scotland, between April 2018 to April 2021.

17. All statistical data held by Scottish Government on number of Police Scotland staff suspended or given disciplinary action for failing domestic abuse reports in Scotland, between April 2018 to April 2021.

Response

I attach a copy of some of the information you requested.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. The latest available data is to the financial year 2019-20. Data for 2020-21 will be available later this year.

We do not hold information on the number of people arrested (points 1-3 and 7, 8 and 11) and charged (points 4-6, 9 and 11) for specific offences. We also do not hold data on counter allegations (points 12-13).

We do however have data on the number of people proceeded and convicted in court and I have included this in the attached excel document for the specific offences you refer to in your request, broken down by sex of the accused/offender. You may wish to contact the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) at foi@copfs.gov.uk to request data on the numbers of charges reported to them.

We do not hold data on complaints about Police Scotland (points 14-15). You may be interested to read section 5.8 of the Domestic Abuse statistics on the incidents recorded by police in Scotland 2020-21 report, published by the Scottish Government 5. Annexes - Domestic abuse: statistics recorded by the Police in Scotland - 2020/21 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot) which summarises the findings of HMICS 2020 Crime Audit (HMICS Crime Audit 2020.pdf) that quality assured a sample of reported domestic abuse incidents.

We do not hold information on Police Scotland staff learning points, suspensions or disciplinary action (points 16-17).

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Contact

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Phone: 0300 244 4000

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