Domestic abuse on the rise across district

Thursday, 9 August 2018

THE number of domestic abuse incidents reported to police in the Derry and Strabane Policing District has risen with officers responding to over 3,000 reports in the last year, it has been revealed.
Figures released by the PSNI for the 12 month period April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, show that, in the local policing district, a total of 3,080 domestic abuse incidents were reported.
This represents a rise of 297 from the previous year when 2,783 incidents were disclosed to the PSNI - equating to an increase of just over 10 per cent.
Less than half - 44.4 per cent (1,369) - of all incidents reported last year were designated as domestic abuse crimes.
The figures place the Derry and Strabane area second highest of all the eleven policing areas with only the four regions in the Belfast City District recording more incidents (8,031).
Local MLA., Michaela Boyle, says that while the figures are shocking they do not paint an accurate picture of the reality of domestic abuse and violence adding that only a small percentage of incidents are reported to the authorities.
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