The number of reports of domestic abuse in Mid Ulster has risen by almost 40 over the last year it has been revealed.
The figure was revealed at the launch of a new campaign from the Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) aiming to open the door on domestic abuse and encourage victims to report the crime.
Every 19 minutes police deal with a domestic abuse incident in Northern Ireland and the advertising campaign, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, recognises that domestic abuse remains a hidden crime with vulnerable victims, while stressing that there is help available to those suffering from abuse.
Councillor Phelim Gildernew, Chair of the Mid Ulster PCSP, said: “The statistics are shocking and figures show that the number of incidents in the Mid Ulster area has risen by 38 between 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.
“While it is encouraging that reporting of this crime has increased, we need to continue to work with police and other partner agencies and reach out to those who still feel unable to take the first steps to get out of what must be a terrifying situation.”
Councillor Gildernew added: “Very often people who are being abused feel isolated, very vulnerable and frightened and don’t know where to turn. This campaign is encouraging all victims regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality to come forward and report the matter to the police. Help is available.”
Very often people who are being abused feel isolated, very vulnerable and frightened and don’t know where to turnCouncillor Phelim Gildernew
A 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Helpline is available to anyone who has concerns about domestic or sexual violence, now or in the past. The number is 0808 802 1414.
The PCSP and the Police strongly encourage anyone suffering from domestic abuse to contact their local police on the non-emergency 101 or in an emergency always call 999.