Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (Copfs) statistics record 33,425 charges relating to domestic abuse were reported in 2020/21.

This is up 9% from the 30,718 recorded the previous year and the highest since 2015/16, following four years of cases remaining around 30,000.

The statistics cover the period following first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020 and show that while the figures for March were relatively low, this increased from April and May, peaking in June and July at more than 3,300 charges a month before falling in August.

The first lockdown began easing in Scotland on May 29.

Scotland’s highest law officer, Advocate Depute Dorothy Bain QC, said lockdown was “particularly difficult and dangerous” for domestic abuse victims.

Of the domestic abuse related charges reported to the Copfs, the vast majority were prosecuted with 92% proceeding to court, the same as the previous year and up from 85% in 2013/14.

A total of 33,425 charges relating to domestic abuse were reported in 2020/21.

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Source: Domestic abuse charges reported to Scottish prosecutors reach five-year high

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By / Published On: September 7th, 2021 / Tags: , / Categories: Crime, News /

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