Shock figures in domestic abuse cases

Superintendent Dougie Milton
Superintendent Dougie Milton

SHOCKING domestic abuse figures have been released by Fife Constabulary.

During the first week of a police campaign launched this month, 39 domestic abuse cases were reported.

Crimes ranged from threatening phone messages through to harassment and assault – and, out of the 39 cases, 31 people appeared at court from custody.

Five of the accused were women.

Superintendent Dougie Milton, the officer leading the campaign, said: “People often wrongly think domestic abuse is a private matter, but it’s not; it’s simply a criminal offence committed within people’s homes.

“It’s totally unacceptable and I am fully committed to directing resources to deal robustly with these type of incidents. Along with our partners, we can provide help and support to those affected.”

For help and advice call Women’s Aid – freephone 0808 802 5555 or Scottish Domestic Abuse helpline 0800 027 1234.