Violence: key data sources

Recorded Crime in Scotland

Annual bulletin presenting statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police. 

Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS)

A national survey of people's experiences and perceptions of crime in Scotland. There have been a series of similar surveys carried out since 1993. From 2016/17 the SCJS has run as a continuous survey sampling around 6000 adults each year.

Homicide in Scotland

Annual statistical bulletin on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland. Statistics are presented on the number of homicide cases recorded in Scotland, where a single case of homicide is counted for each crime involving murder or culpable homicide, irrespective of the number of victims or accused. Victim and accused data are provided, followed by the circumstances associated with the homicide. Additional details relating to the method, motive and relationship between the victim and the accused are also shown.

Domestic Abuse recorded by the police in Scotland

This Official Statistics publication presents statistics on incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland.

Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms, Scotland

Annual statistical bulletin on crimes and offences involving firearms recorded by the police in Scotland. The bulletin presents statistics on those crimes and offences recorded by the police in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved or where a firearm was stolen.

Scottish Household Survey

The Scottish Household Survey is a survey of the people in Scotland.  The survey provides information on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of households and individuals at national and sub-national level. It includes questions related to experience of crime, perceptions of crime and the safety of neighbourhoods.

Unintentional Injuries Report

Information Services Division statistical release which provides data on emergency department admissions and deaths due to assault and breaks this down further to identify admissions and deaths due to assault with a knife or sharp object.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a consistent way. It allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation. The SIMD ranks small areas (called datazones) from most deprived (ranked 1) to least deprived (ranked 6,976). People using the SIMD will often focus on the datazones below a certain rank, for example, the 5%, 10%, 15% or 20% most deprived datazones in Scotland.

The most recent version is SIMD 2016 which uses the 2011 datazone geographies. is a site for publishing the data behind our official statistics in Scotland; it replaces the previous Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS) system. You can access data by theme, organisation or geography. You can also search for datasets, places or enter your postcode to find data about your local area. 

Understanding Glasgow: the Glasgow Indicators Project

Understanding Glasgow: the Glasgow Indicators Project, produced by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), sets out to describe life circumstances and health in the city. A wide range of indicators and data, including community safety and violence, are included as well as profiles for neighbourhood areas in the city.

National Records of Scotland - Deaths

National Records of Scotland hold data on the causes of death for Scotland. Summary headings of the International Classification of Disease (ICD) coding used provide some level of description of the contribution of violence to deaths at a Scottish national level.