MP’s concern over domestic violence rise

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint

DOMESTIC violence reports in Doncaster have rocketed among vulnerable people in the last year.

Official figures show people who are categorised by the authorities as “high risk” reported 243 attacks between April and September this year - compared to only 154 during the same period last year.

Mayor Peter Davies has been told the domestic violence figures have “increased dramatically”.

Overall, incidents among all risk groups were also up over the same period - from 3,297 last year to 3,400 this year.

Police believe the rise could be related to extra pressures in households because of the state of the economy, but say the figures could also be affected by people being more ready to report cases.

The news has sparked concern from Doncaster MP Caroline Flint, who has backed a campaign to stop violence against women. The campaign warns that, every week in the UK, two women are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner, and that during their lifetime one in four women experiences domestic violence.

Ms Flint, MP for Don Valley said: “This dramatic rise in domestic violence incidents must be treated seriously.

“We know that, where there is domestic violence, there are sometimes cases of neglect or violence towards children in the same household.”

She added she was concerned public spending cuts could affect those who try tackle the problem.

Det Chf Insp Natalie Shaw said the police, council and other agencies were working to encourage people to report domestic violence and people felt more confident about coming forward.

She added: “Due to the current economic climate, some families are under considerable amounts of stress which can result in an increase in domestic abuse, hence the increase in reports.”

Joan Beck, Doncaster Council’s director of adults and communities, added: “Traditionally domestic abuse is under-reported and because of this we do a lot of work aimed at raising awareness and encouraging people to report incidents.”

To report incidents call the Doncaster Domestic Abuse Helpline on 01302 326411 or visit www.doncasterdomesticabuse.co.uk Alternatively call police on 101, or in an emergency call 999.