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Almost 1700 Domestic Abuse Crimes Reported Under New Domestic Abuse Laws

The crime figures recorded in 2019-20 indicate that 1681 crimes were recorded under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 which was introduced on 1st April 2019.  A further 107 crimes were recorded towards the end of 2019-20 under the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020. Nevertheless, overall recorded crimes were almost a quarter (24%) lower last year compared to a decade ago and recorded crime is at one of the lowest levels recorded since 1974.

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