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Tackling the rise of domestic abuse in Scotland

Campaign launched by Police Scotland
“Over the past ten years the incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland has risen from just over 40,000 in 2003/04 to 60,000 in 2012/13, with a general trend during that period showing that the number of incidents of domestic abuse being reported increases significantly over the holiday season. In view of this, Police Scotland has this month launched a national campaign to target people who commit domestic abuse during the Christmas and New Year period, with Domestic Abuse Investigation Units being set up to train specialist officers how to not only target the perpetrators of domestic abuse but also support the victims of it. 
As part of a major crackdown on domestic abuse the campaign will be supported by a ‘Campaign Against Violence Day of Action’ on Friday, 20 December, with a television advert also set to be aired from Monday, 23 December onwards. Additionally, the campaign will be supported by professional sportsmen (including footballers and rugby players) who will wear white ribbons on their strips throughout the holiday season. 
A large part of Police Scotland’s campaign will focus on targeting repeat or serial offenders. Indeed, a recent report showed that around 61% of reported incidents in 2012-13 involved repeat victims of domestic abuse, with 2,592 people having reported 11 or more incidents to the police in the past. Consequently, this campaign can be seen as taking great strides to tackle this issue, and the campaign itself will possibly only be the first step in a proposed overhaul of how domestic abuse cases are treated in Scotland, with Equalities Minister Shona Robison noting that a new strategy targeting domestic abuse will be published by the Scottish Government next year. 
This Christmas the message from Police Scotland is very clear: domestic abuse should not and will not be tolerated.”

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