The Scottish Government has released a new report that highlights the characteristics of victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse acts in Scotland. During the 2017-18 period, 59,541 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded by the police in Scotland; an increase of one per cent on 2016-17.
The highest incident rate for both victims and those accused came from the 26-30 years old age group:
Female victims aged 26-30 had the highest rate; 455 per 10,000 population. Male victims aged 31-35 years old had the highest rate of domestic abuse incidents; 88 per 10,000.
Where gender was recorded, around four in every five cases (82%) involved a female victim and male perpetrator. 16% of domestic abuse incidents involved a male victim and female perpetrator. 2% of recorded incidents included both a male victim and male accused, where 1% of incidents recorded was a female victim and female accused.
In 2017-18, the most common time for a domestic abuse incident to be recorded was at the weekend; Saturday (17%) and Sunday (18%). During the week, the statistics highlighted an average of 13%.
Of those domestic abuse incidents recorded by the police in 2017-18:
There were 110 incidents of domestic abuse recorded per 10,000 people. The top three incident rates per 10,000 were in Clackmannanshire (162), West Dunbartonshire (153) and Glasgow City (143), while the Shetland Island (54), East Dunbartonshire (52) and the Orkney Islands (49) had the lowest.