Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

More domestic abuse being reported

Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Matt Baggott has said more domestic abuse is being reported because the public has confidence in the PSNI's response

An extra 2,000 reports of domestic abuse were received by police in Northern Ireland this year, it has been revealed.

The increase was due to greater public confidence in the PSNI's response, Chief Constable Matt Baggott said.

A DVD, called Family Portrait - Voice Of A Victim, was launched today by police, the Women's Aid organisation and Justice Minister David Ford.

Mr Baggott said: "The emotional impact of domestic abuse should not be under-estimated. Victims can live for years through harrowing experiences and if the victim is a parent then there can also be an incredibly negative impact on children and other young people within the family circle."

A total of 27,190 reports of domestic incidents were made to police this year, compared with 25,196 for the previous year.

Mr Baggott added: "While these statistics are abhorrent, we know that this is an under-reported crime, so we welcome that the increase indicates that more people are confident in the police response to this crime.

"Our message is very clear - domestic abuse can only stop if you report it."

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