Domestic Abuse is a crime that we take very seriously. We believe that a large number of domestic incidents in Northern Ireland still go unreported and we want to reassure victims of this type of crime that there is support for them. It is important to deliver the message that people should not have to endure abuse, that there is support for them and a means through the law to address the situation they are in.
We know that domestic abuse is a frightening crime which can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality. Our message is “Domestic abuse is wrong, pick up the phone and make it stop”.
Police officers respond to an incident of domestic abuse every 19 minutes. Between October 2014 and September 2015, there were 13,599 domestic abuse crimes reported to police.
A 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline is available to anyone who has concerns about domestic or sexual violence, now or in the past on 0808 802 1414.
If you would like further information about domestic abuse click here.