McArthur: tackling gender based violence must remain a priority


Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said that tackling gender-based violence must remain a priority for the Scottish Government as homicide figures published today revealed 100 women have been killed by their partner or ex-partner in Scotland over the last decade.

51% of the 198 women in Scotland who were victims of murder between 2006/7 and 2015/16 were killed by their current or former partner.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

“The drop in the overall number of homicides in Scotland over the last decade is welcome but these figures provide a stark reminder of the challenge that we face in tackling gender based violence.

“100 women have been killed by their partner or former partner over the last decade. They are far more likely to have died at the hands of someone they had been involved with than is the case for male victims. Each of these deaths is a tragedy but we cannot ignore these trends.

“These new figures come weeks after it was revealed that reports of violent sexual crimes continue to increase.

“The Scottish Government and Police Scotland need to build on the initiatives we have seen already to reduce domestic abuse and ensure that this remains a priority.”


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