The number of domestic abuse reports received by the PSNI is at its highest in nine years, it has been revealed.
However, the chief constable has claimed increased confidence in the police has led to the figure reaching 27,190 this year to date.
Welcoming the launch of a new DVD aimed at helping victims, Matt Baggott said: “The emotional impact of domestic abuse should not be underestimated. Victims can live for years through harrowing experiences and if the victim is a parent then there can also be an incredibly negative impact on children and other young people within the family circle.”
Mr Baggott called the latest figures – which are up 2,000 on the previous year – “abhorrent” and added: “Our message is very clear. Domestic abuse can only stop if you report it.”
The Voice of a Victim DVD was launched at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey last night by the PSNI and Women’s Aid.
Speaking at the event, Justice Minister David Ford said the DVD gives young people a voice and added: “I am pleased that the DVD will now be used, along with associated training material, to educate a wide range of organisations so that they can better understand the safety and support mechanisms young people in this situation need.”