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venerdì 9 dicembre 2016
The Scotland's monsters who beat and raped more than 65 women
These are Scotland’s worst domestic abusers – responsible for raping, beating and torturing more than 65 women
The dozen thugs who have terrorised partners have been given orders for lifelong restriction since the ground-breaking domestic abuse task force were established three years ago.
We cannot name two of them for legal reasons but they are responsible for the brutal treatment of a number of other women in addition to the 65.
As police prepare for a traditional spike in domestic abuse over the Christmas period, they have released this rogues’ gallery, warning perpetrators of this crime will be dealt the harshest of punishments.
A year after he was announced as the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Phil Gormley says the crackdown on domestic abusers is intensifying, with lifelong restriction increasingly used as an option to protect victims.
He said: “This demonstrates how seriously these offences are being treated by Police Scotland and the Scottish justice system.
“People who abuse their partners need to know the consequences of their actions.
“This could include an order for lifelong restriction. Their punishment won’t end when they leave prison.”
He said that for the rest of their life they will be monitored.
He added: “We are committed to continually improving our response.”
The task force use techniques deployed in murder cases to tackle domestic abusers and trace former partners who can help corroborate cases against offenders.
Their campaign will intensify over Christmas, targeting the worst offenders, even visiting their homes to check they are adhering to bail conditions or picking them up on outstanding warrants.
Detective Chief Inspector Sam McCluskey, head of the national domestic abuse task force, said life sentences issued to abusive partners were proof of a radical shift on how Scotland viewed the crime.
She said: “These high-tariff individuals are guilty of serious sexual crimes, rape and abuse of multiple partners, multiple times over many years with a huge impact on victims, children and extended families. They present a real risk.
“Our message is that there are real consequences for abusers. Their crimes won’t be ignored as a private matter behind closed doors.
“Previously you would not have seen a domestic abuser in the High Court, unless it was for murder. Now we are seeing these guys being convicted and handed an order for lifelong restriction.
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“That is a significant change. There are real consequences for these individuals now and we are getting smarter in how we target them.”
The police are taking part in the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism campaign to eradicate violence against women, which runs until December 10.
Four out of every five domestic abuse charges in the past year led to a conviction.
Domestic abuse cuts across all sectors of society and since Scotland’s national domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline was launched in January, it has taken has taken 3000 calls, with the youngest caller only 14 and the oldest 86.
Scottish Government figures for 2015-16 reflect 22,075 incidents of domestic abuse on women up to the age of 30 – this is up 8.9 per cent from 20,283 in 2014-15.
McCluskey said she had seen a dramatic shift in the attitudes of police, since she joined the service 24 years ago.
She said: “When I joined, it was a case of people being told to go to their mum’s for the night and victims didn’t really want to report. In the past three or four years, I have seen a real change.
"We are maybe not there 100 per cent because to change people’s culture and attitudes, within an organisation this size takes a long time but we’ve come on leaps and bounds.”
Domestic abuse which involves controlling and coercive behaviour will soon also become a crime.
McCluskey said: “That will have a huge impact. There is lot of psychological abuse going on in the background with these victims, including control over their finances, contact with families, whether they can work or go to college or use their phone.
“A lot of things that are not recognised as a crime but are recognised as abusive will be captured by this new offence.”