SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn said that "in Scotland domestic abuse is sadly too prevalent with an incident recorded every 10 minutes" on 4 December 2012.
Mr Hepburn was leading a debate on the
White Ribbon Scotland's
16 Days of Action to Tackle Violence against Women campaign.
The 16 Days of action take places from 25 November to 10 December 2012.
Mr Hepburn said that men had an important role to play in "tackling this social evil" and that "we need to challenge violence against women".
Labour MSP Jackie Baillie said almost half of the women in UK experienced domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and it was essential to challenge gender inequality.
Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie said "violence against women is unacceptable, is abhorrent and has no place in Scotland".
Health Secretary Alex Neil said that the Scottish government fully supported the White Ribbon campaign.
Mr Neil said that the government were trying to tackle this issue in several ways such as educating young people and funding the Violence Reduction Unit.
He also said at the end of the day unit was about attitude, culture and men behaving well towards women.