hawick MSP John Lamont has voiced his concern over the spiralling level of domestic abuse in the Borders.
Statistics released by the Scottish Government show that figures for the region have hit a 10-year high, with 930 incidents reported to police in 2012-13, a sharp rise from the 801 the year before.
Mr Lamont told the Hawick News: “These statistics are undoubtedly concerning, and show that we are not getting to grips with the problem of domestic abuse in our region.
“It is a vile crime to commit, and to see that the number of reported cases is at a ten-year high shows that it is becoming more prevalent than ever.”
The government statistics also confirmed that more than 60 per cent of domestic abuse victims in Scotland have previously reported an incident to police.
“While it is encouraging that the victims of domestic abuse are brave enough to report it to the police, once they have done so they are not being offered the proper support. Nearly two-thirds of those coming forward have previously reported domestic abuse but nothing was done to help them.
“It is down to us as a society to help these individuals out, but we are failing to do this if we let those who abuse reoffend time and again. It is imperative that we discover not only why more people in the Borders are carrying out these attacks, but also why they are allowed to get away with it.
“Each person who reports a case of domestic abuse deserves our full support. Not only do they need to be given an option to escape their situation, we also need to come down hard on those committing these offences. Until this happens we will continue to see these figures go in the wrong direction in the Borders.”