Violence Against Men

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:30 pm on 10th June 2010.

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Photo of Hugh O'Donnell Hugh O'Donnell Liberal Democrat 4:30 pm, 10th June 2010

There needs to be a wider analysis of what is happening. Nigel Don expanded on that during his contribution. We need to get beyond the numerical stuff.

In her contribution to the debate, Elaine Smith made a telling point about tit-for-tat reporting. I have anecdotal evidence from members of the police forces of cases in which, when they are called to a domestic incident, they see people trying to get their defence in first by saying, "They hit me first" or, "They shouted at me first," whichever gender the person happens to be. That can skew the production of the figures. We are not particularly good at dealing with such circumstances. In the past, the police tended to say that the male was responsible. Perhaps they do so in the present.