Commenting on domestic abuse figures published today, Health Secretary Alex Neil said:
“We have always been clear that there is no place for domestic abuse in Scotland, and tackling it is a top priority for the Scottish Government. These figures show that too many men and women in Scotland are still being subjected to abuse at home.
“That is why the Scottish Government has committed £34m to tackling domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women over the next three years. – more than double the investment made previously and we will continue to prioritise this work.
“The authorities take domestic abuse extremely seriously with police adopting a rigorous approach to tackling incidents since 2005 and I welcome the increase in reports submitted to the procurator fiscal to 77 percent from 59 in 2002-03.
“This Government treats tackling domestic abuse as a priority. Since 2007, funding for Violence Against Women work, including domestic abuse, has doubled and the Scottish Government has demonstrated its commitment to maintaining spending in this crucial area of work.
“We will also continue to work closely with police, councils, health boards and the voluntary sector to ensure that perpetrators are held to account, and that victims and their children have the services they require. “