Dundee Domestic Abuse  : "Courageous Women Coming Forward"

21 February 2014

Councillor Lesley Brennan has commented on the latest official figures which has seen the number of domestic abuse incidents made known to the police reach a 10-year high in Dundee.

The number in 2013 stood at 2,525.

Ms Brennan commented :

 "The rise suggests that more and more women are no longer prepared to put up with aggressive, abusive men.

“These women should be commended for their courage.

“In doing so, they are setting an example for other women who live in fear and remain silent about violence to come forward. “

The figures also indicate that Dundee has the second highest rate per population of recorded incidents of domestic abuse in Scotland after Glasgow.

They show further that :

*domestic abuse cases in Scotland are more likely to take place on Saturdays and   Sundays.

*incidents of domestic abuse are more likely to take place in the joint home and the home of the victim rather than at the home of the perpetrator.

Lesley attended the One Billion Rising event in the City Square, Dundee last week that was organised by Dundee Women’s Aid.

She commented,

"One Billion Rising is an international campaign that brings together individuals and organisations in the common cause of tackling violence against women and girls.

"It raises people’s awareness of the appalling extent of the suffering that it causes and of the need to eliminate  it.

"Women have a fundamental right to be treated with respect and dignity, and to be regarded as equals with men.”


One Billion Rising - click on the image below to visit the website