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Domestic Abuse charges for 2016-17

COPFS figures published today show that prosecutors in Scotland dealt with over 30,000 domestic abuse charges reported by Police Scotland in the year 2016-17.


Prosecutors recognise the devastating impact that domestic abuse has on victims and families, and are committed to holding perpetrators to account.  

An updated Joint Protocol between COPFS and Police Scotland was published in March 2017.  The Joint Protocol reflects the continuing commitment of police and prosecutors to addressing domestic abuse effectively and rigorously. The Protocol was revised in consultation with key stakeholders representing the views of victims and children to ensure that it remains a reflection of current best practice and a meaningful source of guidance to investigators and prosecutors. 

This year's figures can be found here