15/12/2015

79 Domestic Abuse Incidents Reported On Christmas Day Last Year

A total of 79 domestic abuse incidents were reported on Christmas Day in Northern Ireland last year, according to the police.

111 incidents were reported on Boxing Day and from 24 December to 28 December last year, there were a total of 515 recorded domestic incidents.

The PSNI has launched a Domestic Abuse Christmas Campaign to encourage anyone who is a victim of abuse to report it.

The campaign, entitled 'Domestic abuse is wrong, pick up the phone and make it stop', is designed to encourage the reporting of incidents and make domestic abuse victims aware that they can take steps to stop it.

Detective Chief Superintendent George Clarke, Head of the PSNI's Public Protection Branch, described the statistics as "shocking".
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He said: "When you consider the fact that behind every statistic is a victim who has had to endure abuse and that those victims, both male and female, may have suffered abuse many times before calling the police or contacting other agencies for assistance.

"It is also important to remember that all year round, police officers respond to an incident of domestic abuse every 19 minutes. Between October 2014 and September 2015, there were 13,599 domestic abuse crimes reported to police, the highest level recorded since 2004/05. Over the same period, last year, there were 13,313 domestic abuse crimes reported to police.

"We are launching this campaign to remind everyone that no one should have to endure abuse. If you are a victim of abuse, please remember you are not alone and that there are people who can help you.

"Please come forward and report the matter to police. A 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline is available to anyone who has concerns about domestic or sexual violence, now or in the past on 0808 802 1414."

(CD/JP)

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