PSNI launch annual Christmas Domestic Abuse Campaign

By Lenore Rice

The PSNI launched their annual Christmas Domestic Abuse campaign with the news that they received 400 domestic abuse complaints across just 3 of the main days of the holiday season last year.

The police responded to an incident of domestic abuse every 17 minutes, with 116 calls for help received on Christmas Day, 126 calls on Boxing Day and 158 calls on New Year's Day. Domestic abuse crimes in Northern Ireland are at a record high level according to recent figures in respect of the period between July 2018 and June 2019, and there is obvious concern as we approach the holiday season when the PSNI regularly experience a significant increase in reports of domestic abuse.

PSNI Det Ch Sup Paula Hilman addressed the issue of under-reporting of domestic abuse crimes. She encouraged Good Morning Ulster listeners to make a report to the police, saying, "There is never ever any excuse. Any abuse is wrong, everyone has the right to feel safe, especially in their own home".

Contacting the PSNI

The PSNI have a 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline available on 0808 802 1414 and employ dedicated domestic abuse officers. They can also be contacted by calling 101 in a non-emergency and 999 in an emergency.

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