Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Concerns over rise in domestic abuse incidents

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP has raised concerns after new figures showed a sharp rise in domestic abuse incidents across the region.

New figures have shown that there were almost 200 more incidents in 2017/18 than there were in 2016/17, resulting in three domestic abuse incidents every day in the region.

There were 1,246 incidents last year, with 1,046 occurring in 2016/17.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says that plans by the SNP Government to abolish sentences of less than a year should be dropped, with the plans having the potential to let domestic abusers off the hook.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “It is extremely concerning to see such a sharp rise in the number of domestic abuse incidents across Dumfries and Galloway last year.

“With three incidents happening every single day, it is clear that we must do more to root out the scourge of domestic abuse.

“That is why I believe the SNP Government’s proposals to abolish sentences off less than a year are misguided, and would potentially let domestic abusers away.

“I hope that the rise in domestic abuse incidents will urge a rethink on these proposals and action will be taken to reduce the number of incidents.”

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP has raised concerns after new figures showed a sharp rise in domestic abuse incidents across the region.

New figures have shown that there were almost 200 more incidents in 2017/18 than there were in 2016/17, resulting in three domestic abuse incidents every day in the region.

There were 1,246 incidents last year, with 1,046 occurring in 2016/17.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says that plans by the SNP Government to abolish sentences of less than a year should be dropped, with the plans having the potential to let domestic abusers off the hook.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “It is extremely concerning to see such a sharp rise in the number of domestic abuse incidents across Dumfries and Galloway last year.

“With three incidents happening every single day, it is clear that we must do more to root out the scourge of domestic abuse.

“That is why I believe the SNP Government’s proposals to abolish sentences off less than a year are misguided, and would potentially let domestic abusers away.

“I hope that the rise in domestic abuse incidents will urge a rethink on these proposals and action will be taken to reduce the number of incidents.”