16/12/2016

94 Domestic Abuse Incidents Reported To PSNI On Christmas Day Last Year

A total of 94 domestic abuse incidents were reported to the police on Christmas day last year, according to new figures.

From the 24th to 31st December, 2015 there were 717 reports of domestic abuse incidents.

The figures were revealed after the PSNI launched its domestic abuse campaign with the key message: 'If you feel like you're walking on eggshells that's domestic abuse'.

The campaign will run online during December and January encouraging victims of domestic abuse to come forward.
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Detective Chief Superintendent George Clarke, Head of the PSNI's Public Protection Branch, said: "These statistics are alarming, especially when you consider 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.

"We know that domestic abuse is a frightening crime which can affect anyone. Very often victims are isolated. No one should have to endure abuse and I want to encourage all victims of domestic abuse to come forward and report the matter to the police. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, but unfortunately there are many houses across Northern Ireland that are facing a very different Christmas.

"If you are a victim of abuse, please remember you are not alone and that there are people who can help you."

(CD/MH)

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