Violence in Scotland

In 2016-2017 there were 58,810 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by Police Scotland. 79% of these incidents had a female victim and a male perpetrator (Source)

In 2016/17, 1755 rapes and 123 attempted rapes were reported to the police in Scotland (Source) but there were only 98 convictions (Source)

In 2016-2017 10,8220 sexual offences were reported (Source) The actual figure is higher than that due to low reporting. Figures from 2014 – 15 showed that only 16.8% of people who were victim-survivors of rape reported it to the police. (Source)

Research indicates that only 58% of people in Scotland believe that a woman who wears revealing clothing on a night out is ‘not at all to blame’ for being raped, with 60% saying the same of a woman who is very drunk. Around a quarter think that ‘women often lie about being raped’ and nearly 2 in 5 believe that ‘rape results from men being unable to control their need for sex’. (Source)

35% of women do not feel safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark. (Source)

Violence worldwide

Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner. (Source) A wide scale European study carried out by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in 2014 found that an estimated 83 million to 102 million women (45 per cent to 55 per cent of women) in the EU-28 have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15. (Source)

Gender inequality

51% of the population of Scotland are women.

Yet women make up only:

  • 35% of MSPs, 25% of local councillors, 16% of council leaders, 17% of MEPs.
  • 28% of public body chief executives, 26% of university principals, 23% of sheriffs, 7% of senior police officers.
  • 0% of major newspaper editors, 19% of major museums and art galleries directors, 14% of national sports bodies chief executives, 0% of CEOs of ‘top’ businesses.
  • (Source)

On average women in Scotland earn £182.90 per week less than men. (Source)

Women are four times more likely than men to give up paid work to do unpaid care work. (Source)

The economic value of the unpaid care provided by women in the UK is estimated to be £77bn per year. (Source)

Violence against women is caused by gender inequality, and it allows this inequality to continue.

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