Rachel Woods MLA has commented on recently published PSNI domestic abuse figures. The PSNI received 100 reports of domestic abuse incidents on Christmas Day, 145 on Boxing Day, and 270 calls over the New Year period.
Rachel Woods MLA, who sits on the Justice Committee, said: “At a time when people strive for a peaceful and happy time with family and friends, it’s startling and saddening that PSNI received this many calls related to domestic abuse. Despite these numbers representing a reduction from last year, each call is an incident of abuse and is one too many.
“The sad reality is that domestic abuse incidents take place across Northern Ireland on every day of the year.
“It’s encouraging that people are reporting incidents to the police, but we know that many other victims are suffering in silence and abuse is going unreported. I would encourage anyone who is experiencing abuse, or is concerned about someone who is, to reach out and seek help and support.
“The Domestic Abuse Act that I amended last year is due to be commenced in February, finally criminalising coercive control in Northern Ireland. This year will also see the Assembly consider my Private Member’s Bill on recognising domestic abuse as a workplace issue, introducing paid Safe Leave for victims and survivors of domestic abuse.”
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