The figures on domestic abuse incidents in 2010-11 and 2011-12 were released by Scotland's chief statistician.
In detail, the overall number of domestic abuse incidents recorded by the police this year is 1,139 for every 100,000 people, compared with 1,067 in 2010-11. Just over half of the incidents (54%) reported to police in 2011-12 were recorded as a crime or offence, down from 58% the previous year.
Common assault accounted for 44% of all incidents this year where a crime or offence was recorded. Threatening or abusive behaviour represented 17% of those noted as a crime or offence. For incidents in 2011-12 where information was available, 62%, or 33,353, involved victims who have already experienced abuse in the home. The proportion stood at 55%, or 28,317, the previous year.
Incidents with a female victim and a male perpetrator represented 81%, or 46,439, of all recorded domestic abuse in the most recent year, the same as the year before. More than 9,500 incidents in 2011-12 involved a male victim. Domestic abuse involving co-habitees or partners accounted for 42% of all cases recorded this year. Incidents involving spouses accounted for a further 13%. In 44% of cases where relationship details were recorded, the victim and perpetrator were ex-partners or ex-spouses.
Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, co-director of the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), said: "What today's figures show is not only that the police know more than ever about domestic abuse and where it's happening but also that more incidents are being reported, not just by victims but by others - people across Scotland are becoming less tolerant of this wicked behaviour."