Come forward and report, victims of domestic abuse and sexual offences told

Victims of domestic abuse and sexual offences are being encouraged to come forward and report their cases to the authorities.

There has been an increase in the number of convictions for domestic abuse and sexual offences in Scotland.

Latest statistics for Criminal Proceedings in Scotland show a marked increase in the number of convictions for “breach of the peace”, up by 13 per cent in 2014-15 to 15,580 convictions.

Domestic violenceThere has also been an eight per cent increase in the overall number of convictions for sexual offences, up to 1,145 convictions.

Commenting on the figures Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “This Government is committed to tackling violence against women which is why it is extremely encouraging to see more convictions for those who seek to perpetrate domestic and sexual violence.

“Our police and prosecutors are already doing important work to tackle crimes of this nature for instance initial feedback from Police Scotland shows a real impact in building confidence in reporting has been made by the introduction of the National Rape Taskforce.”

Mr Matheson said they wanted “victims to have the confidence to come forward and report domestic abuse,” adding that the “figures showing a stark rise in convictions for these types of crimes will help to drive home the message that Scotland will absolutely not tolerate domestic abuse or sexual offences.”

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