The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Po­lice ex­plain rise in do­mes­tic abuse

- BY CHRIS COPE Crime · Society · Child Abuse · Domestic Violence · Violence and Abuse

In­creased aware­ness is a key rea­son why the num­ber of do­mes­tic abuse cases recorded in Shet­land has nearly tripled com­pared to last year, the isles’ com­mu­nity safety and re­silience board has been told.

Fig­ures pre­sented to mem­bers of the board last week showed 56 in­stances of do­mes­tic abuse re­ported be­tween April and Septem­ber this year com­pared to 20 in the same pe­riod last year.

Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Lind­say Tul­loch de­scribed it as “re­as­sur­ing” that more do­mes­tic abuse cases

“There’s been a lot more aware­ness rais­ing”

were be­ing re­ported and brought to the at­ten­tion of of­fi­cers.

He also noted that while the fig­ures have sharply in­creased, it does not mean to say that do­mes­tic abuse has gen­er­ally in­creased at the same rate, be­cause many cases could re­late to abuse car­ried out in the past.

“There might be his­tor­i­cal of­fences,” he said.

The po­lice chief added that an im­por­tant fo­cus is “un­der­stand­ing how th­ese is­sues man­i­fest in the first place”.

South main­land coun­cil­lor Al­li­son Dun­can said the num­bers were a “sub­stan­tial in­crease”, and he ques­tioned why the fig­ures had risen so much.

NHS Shet­land con­sul­tant in public health medicine Su­san Laid­law, who is in­volved with the Shet­land Do­mes­tic Abuse Part­ner­ship, said there was a va­ri­ety of rea­sons but she noted “there’s been a lot more aware­ness rais­ing” re­cently.

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