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Police Scotland respond to a domestic violence call every nine minutes

Police Scotland officers responded to more than 63,000 calls about domestic abuse in the past year.

May 31, 2022

By Paul Jacques

Detective Chief Superintendent Sam Faulds, head of public protection at Police Scotland, said he received a call every nine minutes on average.

Figures show that between 2021 and 2022 the force responded to 63,093 domestic abuse calls, 43% of which resulted in a crime being recorded.

Of these, 1,760 crimes were recorded under the Domestic Violence (Scotland) Act 2018 (DASA).

Over the same period, Police Scotland said there had been a 12.4% increase in applications to the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland (DSDAS). This includes a 30% increase in Right to Ask apps, where people can ask if their current partner has a history of abuse.

Over the past two months, investigations by Police Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Task Force (DATF) have resulted in the conviction of five serial domestic abusers to a total of 61 years in prison.

“A proactive investigation by the DATF revealed offenses which in some cases spanned decades and included sexual offenses and physical assault as well as offenses covered by DASA,” Police Scotland said.

In 2021/22, the DATF, which investigates more complex and high-priced domestic violence cases, conducted over 200 investigations. In addition to custodial sentences, lifetime restraining orders (LROs) and non-harassment orders (NHOs) have been imposed on offenders.

Det Chief Supt Faulds, said: “Domestic violence remains an important priority for Police Scotland. We take a call every nine minutes on average and our agents are highly trained to respond professionally and efficiently.

“Domestic violence takes many forms. It can be physical and sexual but also psychological, emotional and financial. The intention of an aggressor is to control and coerce his victim.

“Each case is traumatic for the victim, the after-effects are lasting for her and for her family, and particularly for the children. No child should witness domestic violence.

“The prevention of domestic violence is our ultimate goal. We work closely with our partners, not only to improve our own response, but also to educate and prevent domestic violence.

“A key part of prevention is the disclosure program which has helped thousands of people make an informed choice about whether to continue or end an abusive relationship.”

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