Domestic abuse remains Scotland's "national shame", according to a leading police officer, as the number of cases rose over the festive period.
Between December 1 and January 31, police across the country recorded 10,159 incidents of domestic abuse, an increase of 261 on the same period last year.
Officers in the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) said the figure is unacceptable and they want young people to be educated on abuse issues in order to reduce rates of domestic violence in the long term.
Chief Inspector Graham Goulden, who heads the VRU anti-violence campaign, said: "Domestic abuse is Scotland's national shame. The commitment of police and partners to tackling that shame is beyond doubt - only last week the Chief Constable of Scotland announced new plans to tackle domestic abuse, and organisations like Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline, Zero Tolerance, White Ribbon Scotland and Scottish Women's Aid have been relentless in placing this issue at the top of agenda in Scotland.
"But while they are doing everything they can, we must remember that domestic abuse is everyone's problem. If we really want to make a difference to levels of domestic abuse, we need to look at our attitudes towards relationships and what we see as acceptable."
The crime costs Scotland around £2.3 billion every year and tends to peak at Christmas time, the VRU said.
Strathclyde Police recorded the most domestic abuse incidents over the period with 4,663, followed by Lothian and Borders with 1,912 incidents. There were 923 in Tayside, 744 in Fife, 696 in Central, 629 in Grampian, 420 in Northern and 172 in Dumfries & Galloway.
Further government investment has been given to the Mentors in Violence Prevention Scotland project to train school pupils to safely challenge and intervene when they see aggressive and inappropriate behaviour.
The project is being piloted at seven secondary schools across the country and if successful, it could be employed nationwide.
Liz Kelly, from the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline, said: "It's vital that young people understand early on what is and isn't acceptable in a relationship. No-one should have to suffer abuse within a relationship. We would urge anyone who is suffering abuse or has concerns that someone they know and care for is suffering abuse to call us on 0800 027 1234."