Violence Against Men

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:16 pm on 10th June 2010.

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Photo of John Lamont John Lamont Conservative 3:16 pm, 10th June 2010

Indeed, they are the reported cases. Sorry—in 85 per cent of reported cases of domestic violence, the victim was female.

However, that does not mean that we should ignore other groups who find themselves victims purely because they are in a minority. Male victims of domestic violence may be a minority, but it is a growing minority and one that is growing rapidly. More and more men are coming forward as victims of domestic violence. As the minister stated in his opening remarks, in 2008-09 just under 8,000 incidents of domestic abuse in which the victim was male were recorded. That represents an increase, since 2000-01, of 175 per cent, which is an incredible increase and a shocking number of incidents. Fifteen per cent of domestic abuse incidents report a male victim—that figure is too high, and too high to continue to ignore.