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Big surge in domestic violence reports in west Cumbria

More reports of domestic violence were made to Cumbria police last year than in 2012.

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DS Mike Forrester

The force was called to 6,874 incidents in 2013, up 259 on the previous year and 446 in 2011.

But new figures show that in the north of the county, the number is continuing to fall. In 2011, officers received 1,866 complaints, in 2012 1,797 and last year 1,746.

However, in west Cumbria, the total is rising; 2,900 incidents were reported last year compared to 2,708 in 2012 and 2,500 in 2011. The number is also rising in south Cumbria.

Detective Superintendent Mike Forrester said: “Seeing an increase in the number of reports does not mean that it [domestic violence] is not being tackled, it shows that people want to report it.

“It is a fact that domestic violence can be chronically under-reported so although an increase in violence of any kind is very worrying, the rise in the number of incidents we recorded may also be encouraging if it meant that more people had the confidence to pick up the phone and ask for help."

Last year, officers visited 267 'high risk' victims of abuse as part of its Sanctuary Scheme.

Community Safety Inspector Jon Sherlock said: “In the past, we have had situations where offenders have forced their way into their former partner’s home which such ease, that the victim hasn’t even had time to pick up the phone.

"The Sanctuary Scheme aims to prevent this from happening, making victims more secure and removing the 24/7 fear that victims would otherwise be living with."

Over the festive weeks of December 23 to 29 and December 30-January 5, Cumbria police were alerted to 172 and 182 incidents respectively, of which 114 and 107 involved alcohol.

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What about men also being abused? that is never mentioned,but we have i am one and will never forget,I could not tell anyone because i would not be believed,or i would be called a wimp.Z

Posted by mr z on 18 January 2014 at 21:33

I was a victim in the past.I want to say it is not only hitting, its control , sexual , financial and emotional abuse.
The police and courts seem to have a bit more understanding now .When I reported it certain officer said I was using the police as a weapon.This made me feel they didn't believe me and it was my fault.I know it wasn't .Im pleased more victims now get help and there is more help out there

Posted by no longer a victim(female) on 17 January 2014 at 22:36

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