Orkney Constituency MSP, Liam McArthur, LibDem has commented on the “important progress” which has been made to local arrangements that have allowed adult survivors of rape and sexual assault to access forensic assessments in the islands.
Police Scotland recorded 65,251 incidents of domestic abuse in 2020-21, an increase of 4% compared to the previous year.
Service providers like Orkney Women’s Aid and similar organisations saw an increase in demand.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a significant rise in gender-based violence and increased risks of harm for domestic-abuse survivors due to restrictions on movement and an increase in social isolation.” Professor Pedersen
Every Health Board in Scotland has recorded positive test results for Covid today, 8th of January. Orkney’s cumulative total now stands at 42.
White Ribbon Orkney has recently been set up. It campaigns to involve more men in helping to address violence against women.
More than 13 organisations across the Highlands and Islands are jointly campaigning to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence and how it affects people in our local communities.
According to a recent Police Scotland report, in 2021 so far, 34,103 incidents of domestic abuse have been recorded in Scotland, up 7.6% on the previous 12 months.
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“Anyone experiencing violence, including coercive and controlling behaviours, should not feel in any way inhibited by the current coronavirus outbreak to report a crime against them.