Following the publication of new statistics showing there were 58,810 recorded incidents of domestic abuse in 2016-17, up 1% compared to the previous year, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
“The fact that the police receive 161 reports of domestic abuse each day shows just how far we still have to go to tackle this dreadful crime.
“We need to see continued action to give people the confidence to come forward and ensure that the justice system is properly equipped to bring perpetrators to justice. It needs to fully reflect the fact controlling and coercive behaviour can be every bit as traumatising and often more long lasting than physical abuse, eroding of a person's sense of self.
“As well as passing the new dedicated legislation, ministers should also work to establish why the rate of reports of domestic abuse is three times higher in areas like Dundee and West Dunbartonshire than in the Northern Isles and ensure that victims have the support and advice they need wherever in Scotland they live.”