Domestic Abuse 2018

Domestic Abuse 2018

Every 9 Minutes we respond to a call about domestic abuse, and we remain committed to maintaining a prevention, partnership and intelligence-led approach to tackling this issue.

The definition of domestic abuse, as published in the Joint Protocol between Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is Any form of physical, verbal, sexual, psychological or financial abuse which might amount to criminal conduct and which takes place within the context of a relationship. The relationship will be between partners (married, cohabiting, civil partnership or otherwise) or ex-partners. The abuse can be committed in the home or elsewhere including online.

The #Everynineminutes Domestic Abuse Campaign will run from 10th December to deter perpetrators from committing domestic abuse.

The objective of this campaign is to proactively target perpetrators of domestic abuse, to discourage offending at a time of year which includes statistically evidenced increases in these cases.

Message for the perpetrators:

  • Every nine minutes we respond to calls of domestic abuse.
  • If you have committed or are committing domestic abuse towards your partner, or ex-partner, it will not be tolerated and there will be consequences. 
  • Time is running out and there is no hiding place. Domestic abuse is your fault and no one else's. Police Scotland and it’s partners are looking for you.
  • Controlling behaviours include a range of emotional and mental controls used by perpetrators. To apply pressure is to exert control over the victims. Any criminal behaviour will be actively pursued by Police.
  • We’re coming for you, and anything you say or do to a partner can and will be used against you.

For more information, visit the Domestic Abuse pages in our Keep Safe section.