Increase In Domestic Abuse Reports To Sussex Police

Wednesday 12th April 2017

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The number of domestic abuse cases reported to Sussex Police rose by more than 1700 last year.

According to figures released through a Freedom of Information request, there were 11931 cases reported in 2016, up from 10185 in 2015.

Sussex Police say domestic abuse accounts for almost a fifth of all recorded violent crime, although this is likely to be significantly under-estimated due to under reporting. It causes devastating harm and damage to individuals, families and the community.

Detective Superintendent Fiona Macpherson said, "We support and encourage any increase in reporting as an indication of increasing confidence by victims in coming forward.

"We know that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but also sexual, financial and emotional abuse. It is controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour, violence or abuse for those aged 16 and over and can affect anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality. Offenders can be current or previous intimate partners, or family members

"We work very hard to support people who report this behaviour to us. We have specialist domestic abuse staff and work closely with partner agencies to ensure any victim of domestic abuse gets the support that they need.

"All our frontline officers now use Body Worn Video which can help us in evidence-based prosecutions where the victim does not wish to give evidence.

"This includes, support and safety advice from Victim Support, Domestic Abuse Case Workers within our Safeguarding Investigation Units, and Local Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) services which provide independent and impartial support for victims at significant risk. Refuge services can provide emergency accommodation for victims of domestic abuse.

"Victims can be supported throughout the whole police investigation and given further support if the case goes to court.

"We are currently working with partners to try to develop ways in which support for victims can be even further enhanced."

For advice and support on domestic abuse in Sussex, click here. You can also call us on 101 or 01273 470101 at any time. Sussex Police has specially trained officers who can help.

You can also get advice here.

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