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New figures which show that incidents of domestic abuse in the Western Isles have hit a five-year low have been cautiously welcomed by Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron.

The figures, which make up part of the Scottish Government’s report on ‘Domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, 2019-20’, show 133 incidents were recorded in 2019-20 compared to 145 incidents in 2014-15.

However, Mr Cameron has expressed concern that almost three quarters of all incidents in 2019-20 were not recorded by police as involving a crime or offence.  “While I cautiously welcome news that the number of domestic abuse cases have fallen across the Western Isles, it is vital that we continue to do more to eliminate this particularly pernicious crime.

“While it is difficult to control many of the circumstances that lead to these cases, we must ensure that the justice system is robust enough to both prosecute perpetrators of such offences, and that we deter others from committing such heinous acts.

“Equally, it is vital that we properly support domestic abuse charities and women’s shelters so that when such regrettable incidents occur, victims have accessible support available and don’t have to live in fear.”