1.1 This bulletin presents statistics on domestic abuse, based on details of incidents supplied by the eight Scottish police forces in 2009-10. It should be recognised that the statistics presented in this bulletin cover only the incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police and that not all incidents of domestic abuse come to the attention of the police. In conjunction with the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, the statistics help to measure the extent and impact of domestic abuse in Scotland (see note 4.2.9).
1.2 There were 51,926 incidents of domestic abuse recorded in 2009-10, compared to the 53,931 incidents recorded in 2008-09, a decrease of 4 per cent compared to 2008-09. 62 per cent of incidents recorded in 2009-10 (32,066) led to the recording of a crime or offence ( table 1a).
Chart 1 Incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police: crimes & offences and behaviour not amounting to a crime or offence, Scotland, 2000-01 to 2009-10.