Paisley Councillor Mags MacLaren has said she is concerned over an increase in domestic abuse in Renfrewshire.
A report sent to Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board recently highlighted a 6% increase in domestic abuse cases reported to the police compared to the same period last year, with 1,687 cases reported between April and December 2016 compared to 1,591 between April and December 2015.
Mags MacLaren, Councillor for Paisley North West said: “Although initially there might be a concern that there has been a rise of 6% of the number of domestic abuse cases reported to the police, the explanation from police officers reveal a different picture.
“Although there is a concern that there has been an increase in the number of domestic abuse cases reported to the Police, part of this increase may be that people are more confident to report such abuse when it happens.
“At the Housing and Community Safety policy board, the police officer who delivered the report highlighted that the increase was due in part to a significant number of historical cases. This highlighted that a number of victims now felt more comfortable in coming forward and reporting previous incidents.
“These figures highlight that there is still more to do to make people realise that domestic abuse is not acceptable”.