John’s Question to Scottish Government on Domestic Abuse Charges

John Finnie (Highlands and Islands) (Independent): To ask the Scottish Government  how many people were detained in respect of domestic violence incidents in each of the last three years and, of these, how many (a) were released without charge, (b) had their case marked as “no proceedings” by the procurator fiscal, (c) were acquitted after trial and (d) were convicted.(S4W-19743)

Ms Lesley Thomson QC:

(a) Information on the number of people detained in respect of domestic violence incidents is not held by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

(b) (c) & (d) The available information is contained in the following table:

People reported to COPFS for a charge with a domestic abuse aggravation
 

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

No action

3601

4024

4022

Acquitted after trial

734

826

873

Convicted

8564

8872

9292

 

Notes:

1.         The figures relate to people reported to COPFS for charges with an aggravation of domestic abuse which includes both violent and not violent offences.

2.         The no action figures relate to people reported to COPFS in the appropriate financial year for charges that were initially marked no action.

3.         In the majority of cases where no action was taken it was because there was insufficient admissible evidence in law to raise criminal proceedings.

4.         Figures for acquitted after trial and convictions come from the Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings Database.

5.         Acquitted after trial includes found not guilty and found not proven after trial.

6.         The acquittal and conviction figures relate to the financial year in which the trial concluded.