Eight women a day victims of domestic violence as offences rise

Domestic violence is on the increase
Domestic violence is on the increase

An average of eight women a day are the victims of domestic violence in South Yorkshire, The Star can reveal today.

More than 3,000 offences were recorded in 2015 by South Yorkshire Police between January and November 2015.

Figures obtained through The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign show domestic violence against women increased overall last year from 2,787 offences recorded in 2014 to 3,021 in 2015.

There were 625 domestic violence sexual offences recorded by officers in 2014 and 790 recorded last year – an increase of more than 25 per cent.

More than 1,000 assaults were recorded throughout last year in relation to domestic violence and there have been more than 3,500 recorded in the past three years.

Other crimes recorded included rape, criminal damage, harassment.

Cases of kidnapping have more than doubled with 18 cases recorded last year compared to seven in 2014.

There were also 11 crimes involving stalking recorded in 2015 compared to just one in 2014.

Superintendent Natalie Shaw, force lead for domestic abuse, said: “The number of recorded domestic abuse related crimes have risen nationally, so it is not surprising to see this increase reflected in the figures for Sheffield.

“It is vitally important that we encourage both men and women to come forward and report incidents of domestic abuse.

“Domestic abuse can affect anyone, and while we obviously want to reduce the number of domestic abuse incidents occurring across the force, it is encouraging that more people feel confident in coming forward to report the abuse so that they can access help.

“No matter who you are, if you are suffering sexual, psychological or emotional abuse, I’d encourage you to report it to someone.

“There are charities and other support agencies if you aren’t comfortable speaking to police, but know that there is help available and you do not have to suffer in silence.”

n If you wish to report domestic abuse or have any concerns, please call us on 101. For additional support, call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or Victim Support on 08081689111.