Belfast Telegraph

Domestic abuse levels rise

By Chris Kilpatrick

Levels of domestic abuse continue to rise, with more than 27,000 incidents reported to police in the past year.

The statistics show that, on average, one incident takes place every 19 minutes.

During the same year the PSNI recorded 12,720 domestic abuse crimes, which is the highest level on record in the past 10 years.

There have been seven murders with a known domestic abuse motivation carried out in the past year.

"This means that there have been at least 69 victims of murder or manslaughter as a consequence of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland over the past 10 years. A very concerning figure," said Policing Board member, Jonathan Craig MLA.

Domestic abuse is a serious and endemic problem in Northern Ireland that can affect any person at any time in their lives.

It can happen in all relationships and affects all genders.

While not all forms of domestic abuse constitute a criminal offence, all abuse, be it psychological, financial, emotional or physical, can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their children.

Regardless of whether or not a crime has been committed, PSNI officers will respond to all reported incidents of domestic abuse.

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