Wolverhampton police see thousands of domestic violence reports
A report has found that almost 6,000 domestic violence incidents were reported to Wolverhampton police in the last year.
It has been reported that an average of sixteen incidents of domestic violence were recorded each day in Wolverhampton over the last year, reports the Express and Star.
Of the 5,900 incidents reported almost 30% involved repeat offenders. 598 of these cases were assessed as being ‘high risk’ meaning that they had the potential to result in serious harm or death.
However only one in ten incidents of domestic violence is reported to the police, according to the report.
Hayley Edwards, a spokeswoman for Haven, a charity which provides services to women and children who are affected by domestic violence and homelessness, has said: “You can safely say that domestic violence is a worrying issue that needs to be addressed. It is a major issue across the city, but what we need to consider is that this is the tip of the iceberg. There are still many who don’t report the abuse for a number of reasons; in some cases it is culturally acceptable for domestic violence to take place amongst partners and family members. In other instances incidents are not reported due to financial barriers or fear of repercussions. Women shouldn’t fear reporting domestic violence.”
Councillor Val Gibson, the authority’s cabinet member for children and families, said: “The figures are of great concern to the council and we have taken steps to try and limit the instances of domestic violence across the city. We know there are still lots of unreported cases and we are urging the victims of domestic violence to come forward.”
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