Take action now to stop domestic abuse
Almost 3,000 domestic abuse incidents were recorded in north Belfast alone last year - an increase of more than 300 on the previous year's figures.
North Belfast now sits at the top of the domestic abuse table. That is not a record to be proud of.
Domestic abuse incidents cover a range of offences, but instances of violence against the person figure all too highly. I am concerned that cuts to housing and other benefits will make it even harder for some women to escape abusive relationships. It is surely time to formally teach relationship guidance in schools. We cannot go on witnessing increasing incidents of domestic abuse without taking action.
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