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Scottish Government must be unrelenting in efforts to tackle domestic abuse

October 8, 2013 5:01 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP hasAlison McInnesAlison McInnes said that the Scottish Government must be unrelenting in its efforts to tackle domestic abuse, after figures published today showed that crime levels remained high.

The figures show a continued rise in sexual offences. 87 percent of incidents took place in a home/house

Commenting on the figures, Alison McInnes said:

"Whilst the rise in reported domestic abuse crimes may show that more people are coming forward the Scottish Government must be unrelenting in its efforts to tackle domestic abuse.

"It remains an unwanted and stubborn trend that women are attacked by partners or former partners whilst in their home. It is particularly worrying that sexual offences including rape have increased. Any rise in these particularly repugnant crimes must be investigated.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats welcomed the recent appointment of a specialist procurator fiscal of domestic abuse and the ongoing review of prosecution guidelines. The Scottish Government must continue to listen to organisations such as Zero Tolerance and Women's Aid if it is to develop the most effective approach to tackling the menace of domestic abuse."