New figures which show incidents of domestic abuse in Argyll and Bute at a ten-year high has been described as “extremely concerning” by Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Donald Cameron.
The figures, which make up part of the Scottish Government’s report on ‘Domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, 2019-20’, show 687 incidents were recorded in 2019-20 compared to 503 incidents in 2009-10.
Even more concerningly, over half of incidents in 2019-20 were not recorded by police as involving a crime or offence.
Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Donald Cameron said:
“It is extremely concerning to see a decade-high number of domestic abuse cases across Argyll and Bute.
“While it is difficult to control many of the circumstances that lead to these cases, we must ensure that the justice system is robust enough to both prosecute perpetrators of such offences, and that we deter others from committing such heinous acts.
“Equally, it is vital that we properly support domestic abuse charities and women’s shelters so that when such regrettable incidents occur, victims have accessible support available and don’t have to live in fear.”