COPFS figures published today show that prosecutors dealt with over 29,000 domestic abuse charges and over 1,350 stalking charges reported by Police Scotland in the year 2018-19.
Prosecutors recognise the devastating impact that both domestic abuse and stalking can have, and are committed to prosecuting such offences effectively and appropriately, and to supporting victims through the criminal justice process.
The Joint Protocol ‘In Partnership: Challenging Domestic Abuse’ between COPFS and Police Scotland reflects the continuing commitment of police and prosecutors to addressing domestic abuse effectively and rigorously. The Protocol is regularly 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.
View the 2018-19 figures on the Statistics page.