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Charges with Domestic Abuse Aggravation

Freedom of Information - Charges with Domestic Abuse Aggravation

Thank you for your request dated 17 February 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the following information:

“I am interested in the extent to which domestic abuse related prosecutions have risen in the last 12 months. I would like to obtain a month by month breakdown which would take us back to just before the creation of Police Scotland.”


As you will recall, I proposed that in the absence of objection from you, we would provide you with the data you had requested from the 12 month period from October 2012 – September 2013.

A copy of this information is therefore provided at Annex A below.

Charges reported to COPFS, with a domestic abuse aggravation where initial decision was to take court proceedings by month reported

Month reported

Total number of charges prosecuted (1)

Oct-12



1,909



Nov-12



1,658



Dec-12



1,897



Jan-13



2,035



Feb-13



1,818



Mar-13



1,994



Apr-13



2,349



May-13



2,589



Jun-13



2,501



Jul-13



2,945



Aug-13



2,750



Sep-13



2,808



(1) This figure includes charges that were not separately prosecuted, but where another charge for the same accused within the same case was prosecuted. The charges which were prosecuted may have included details from the charges that were not prosecuted.