The hard work of community organisations and police officers across the country is continuing to make Scotland safer, new figures have shown – with welcome progress made on tackling domestic abuse and sexual offences in particular. 

New figures published today show that the number of convictions for an offence of ‘breach of the peace’ has risen by 13 percent – driven by offences with a domestic abuse aggravator including stalking.  There has also been an increase of eight per cent in the number of convictions for sexual offences – and a 40 per cent increase in the number of convictions for ‘rape and attempted rape’. 

Last year the First Minister announced an additional £20m over three years for tackling violence against women. Funding of £1.85m has been awarded to Rape Crisis Scotland over three years to expand advocacy services across the country.

Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“With recorded crime at a 41 year low, it’s important to pay tribute to the hard work of the police officers across the country who keep our communities safe – and the progress being made in tackling domestic abuse and sexual offences is particularly welcome.

“It’s also right that we note the bravery of those who have been subject to these crimes in coming forward – and I hope that today’s figures will help hammer home the message that domestic and sexual crimes won’t be tolerated, and will give even more people the confidence to come forward. 

“There has been a real step-change in funding for programmes that tackle the reprehensible actions of a violent minority – with a £20 million increase over the next few years and more funding to expand advocacy services across Scotland.

“But there is still more work to do – and I welcome the fact that the Scottish Government is making clear by its actions that it is determined to stamp out sexual and domestic violence.”

Further details can be found here: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Tackling-violence-against-women-22d8.aspx