Violence Against Men

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:35 pm on 10th June 2010.

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Photo of Bill Butler Bill Butler Labour 3:35 pm, 10th June 2010

This is no laughing matter, Mr Rumbles.

I accept that both men and women can be victims of domestic violence and abuse. Violence in relationships, in all its forms, is to be abhorred, and appropriate support must be on offer in all circumstances. Nevertheless, our approach must be balanced and evidence based if it is to be constructive and effective. Labour's amendment makes it clear that women are overwhelmingly more likely than men to be the victims of domestic violence in general, to experience sexual assault and threats in particular, to experience domestic violence in the long term and to be injured or killed by—