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Six domestic abuse incidents reported in the Highlands every day, new Police Scotland figures reveal

By Ian Duncan

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Six new cases are logged every day in the Highlands on average.
Six new cases are logged every day in the Highlands on average.

NEW figures show that incidents of domestic violence have risen to just over six per day on average in the Highlands.

There were a total of 2387 incidents of domestic abuse across the region which were recorded by police in 2018-19, with an average of 6.54 such incidents each day.

And across Scotland the number of domestic abuse cases rose for the third year in a row to an all-time high of 60,641.

Around four in every five cases involved a female victim and male perpetrator and the vast majority were in a home setting.

Highlands and Islands MSP Edward Mountain said the Scottish Government’s decision last year, to effectively abolished prison sentences of less than a year, could make the situation worse.

He said: “It will be very concerning to the people of the Highlands that domestic violence appears to be on the rise, with six incidents every day within the council area.”

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