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80 domestic violence incidents in Northern Ireland every day

By Staff Reporter

Around five people are killed in incidents of domestic violence each year in Northern Ireland, figures have revealed.

And more than 80 domestic violence and abuse incidents happen every day here - that's 30,000 a year.

The statistics were released by the Department of Justice as it launched a public consultation exercise.

The department is seeking people's opinions on the issue with a view to improving how domestic abuse is tackled by the authorities.

The consultation will run until September 28.

"Domestic violence and abuse remains significantly under-reported," the Department of Justice said.

"In working to establish a domestic homicide review model, the department has worked closely with statutory, voluntary and community sector partners.

"In addition to the views of representative organisations, the department is keen to hear from people who may have been abused or who may have been affected by abuse."

The department added: "The views of family members or friends or work colleagues can help us improve preventative, as well as immediate and aftercare, services and potentially save lives."

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