Police and campaigners have hailed progressive law changes that have resulted in more than 1,200 domestic abuse cases being brought to Paisley Sheriff Court in the last year.
New figures reveal that 1,275 trials have been called at the town’s court involving domestic abuse charges in 2019/20.
The new data – released by the Office of National Statisics as part of a Domestic Abuse and Stalking report – shows Paisley has the second highest number of domestic abuse cases in the North Strathclyde area, behind 1,409 in Kilmarnock.
Across Scotland, a total of 30,718 trials have taken place.
The figures in Paisley have been welcomed by the Public Protection Unit in Renfrewshire, which is dedicated to supporting victims of domestic abuse.
Detective Chief Inspector Louise Harvie said the figure are “encouraging” for officers in the unit are committed to getting justice for domestic abuse survivors in the community.
She said: “I am encouraged by the positive figures in relation to prosecution of offenders under this new legislation which targets coercive and controlling behaviours.
“In Renfrewshire, we are committed to bringing offenders to justice and continually improving how we respond to domestic abuse.
“We will continue to work with our wide range of partners to provide support for victims particularly during the current pandemic.
Domestic abuse campaigners have also praised the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, which made coercive control a criminal offence for encouraging more people to report incidents to police.
Prior to this, the law only protected women from physical abuse, meaning there was no scope to prosecute perpetrators for mental and emotional
Dr Marsha Scott, chief executive of Scottish Women’s Aid said: “Implementing Scotland’s new world-leading domestic abuse law has been a huge undertaking for every cog in Scotland’s justice system.
“The Crown Office have been an enthusiastic and insightful partner in transforming Scotland’s response to domestic abuse generally and coercive control specifically, and today’s figures are welcome evidence of that.
“Over 1,000 prosecutions in the first year of implementation is impressive, particularly when compared to other jurisdictions with similar
“We especially welcome the fact that court proceedings were commenced in 96 per cent of the charges reported under the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland)
Anyone who needs to get in touch with Renfrewshire Women’s Aid can call 0141 561 7030 or email email@example.com
They can also phone the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234.