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23/09/2021

Domestic abuse offences in Derry are at a record high after significant increase over the past year

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Garrett Hargan Reporter Domestic abuse offences in Derry are at record high after a significant increase in the crimes over the past year. Figures published by the PSNI have revealed that in the Derry and Strabane policing district there were 141 more domestic abuse crimes recorded between July 2017 to June 2018 in comparison to the same period in 2016/17. During 2016/17 there were 1,277 crimes while 1,418 were recorded over the past year, representing an increase of 11 per cent. Ten out of eleven policing districts in Northern Ireland showed increases in the amount of domestic abuse crimes committed, despite campaigns by both PSNI and Department of Justice (DoJ) aimed at tackling incidents of abuse. Levels of domestic abuse for the whole of Northern Ireland have reached a record high during 2017/18, both in terms of reported incidents which may not be deemed a crime after investigation and those classified as crimes which resulted in charges. There were 30,595 domestic abuse incidents recorded by the police in Northern Ireland, an increase of 1,404 on the previous 12 months and the highest of any 12-month period recorded since data began in 2004/05. The number of domestic abuse crimes recorded by the police reached 15,049, an increase of 1,190 on the previous 12 months which was also the highest of any 12-month period. Domestic abuse crimes represented 15% of all police recorded crime, increasing from 14% during the previous 12 months. The largest volume increase in domestic abuse crimes was seen in offences of violence without injury which increased by 506 (ten per cent) followed by harassment with an increase of 309 (34.8 per cent). The number of domestic abuse incidents and crimes was higher in each month when compared with the previous 12 months, with the exception of the number of incidents recorded in August 2017.

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