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Homicide in Scotland 2014-15 Statistics National Violence Reduction Unit response

Commenting on the 2014-15 Homicide in Scotland 2014-15 statistics, Director of the National Violence Reduction Unit Karyn McCluskey said: "Ten years ago the Violence Reduction Unit was formed to tackle Glasgow’s addiction to violence. A decade on, Glasgow and Scotland are changing. We are a safer country thanks to communities pulling together. But we cannot be complacent. Alcohol is too often at the root of violence. It was a factor in half of all homicides over the last decade. Scotland needs to have an honest conversation about the harm alcohol can and does cause. And the awful abuse women are suffering at the hands of their partners and ex-partners cannot, and must not, be allowed to continue. Domestic abuse is everyone’s business, don’t ignore the signs. "

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