Local Councillor expresses concern over domestic abuse incident increase

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has highlighted concerns over the rise in reported incidents of domestic abuse.


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The Sinn Féin Councillor explained, “Over recent months local charities supporting those who have been victims of domestic violence have expressed their concerns over the rise in reported incidents.



“Recent figures from PSNI validate this concern.”

The Newry City Councillor continued, “At a recent DEA meeting, I was shocked to see that in both Newry and Slieve Gullion the rise in reported incidents has been between 20-50%.

“It is well known and accepted that the majority of domestic incidents go unreported.



“So, while on one hand a rise in reporting could be seen as being a positive thing it is much more likely to be indicative of the pressures being faced by families within our communities who are struggling to cope with the change in dynamics brought by COVID-19.”


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Councillor Mulgrew continued, “For those who are victims of such incidents their contact with those outside their household has been seriously reduced which has led to many feeling even more isolated.

“For those living in volatile, difficult or violent situations help and support are key.



“On further explanation of the numbers, the PSNI has confirmed that they show a rise in incidents between family members including siblings.”

The Newry City representative added, “Communities and statutory agencies must be clear in the message that all forms of domestic violence are unacceptable.”


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