Domestic abuse rife in Manchester: Region second only to London as police receive almost 50,000 annual calls

By Dominic Claeys-Jackson

Domestic abuse is rife in Greater Manchester with almost 50,000 reported incidents last year, new Home Office statistics have revealed.

Greater Manchester Police handled 47,496 domestic abuse incidents during 2011/12 – only the Metropolitan Police handled more.

This figure translates to a rate of 18 cases per 1,000 population, or one case for every 55 people.

Detective Superintendent Phil Owen, of GMP, said the force is working continuously to combat domestic abuse.

“Domestic abuse is an issue we take very seriously,” he said.

“We have done a lot of work with our partner agencies to encourage victims to report incidents, to ensure that this type of crime does not go under-reported.

“Although the figures may seem high, it is pleasing to see that victims are coming forward.”

Despite the high figure, the number of domestic abuse cases in the region has dropped considerably over the past three years.

In 2008/09, 69,334 cases were reported across Greater Manchester – meaning that there has been a 31% decrease over three years.

DS Owen said involvement in government-endorsed domestic abuse prevention schemes is helping to drive down cases.

“Greater Manchester Police is the second busiest force in the UK and this is reflected in the statistics,” he said.

“We are participating in two Home Office pilot schemes across Greater Manchester to ensure we afford the greatest protection to vulnerable victims of domestic abuse.

“These are Domestic Violence Protection Orders and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, also known as Clare’s Law.”

Overall, there were 796,935 cases of domestic abuse reported to police in England last year, a significant rise from the previous year.

In 2010/11, 739,099 cases were reported – an increase of 8% – meaning Greater Manchester bucked the national trend.

Domestic abuse incidents are defined as any incidence of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members.

Picture courtesy of GMP, with thanks.

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