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Record levels of domestic violence cases in South Yorkshire

Almost three quarters of cases relating to domestic violence in South Yorkshire led to a charge in the past year.

South Yorkshire Police

New figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the force show there were a record number of domestic violence referrals, prosecutions and convictions.

The latest statistics from the CPS show that in 2013-14, South Yorkshire Police referred 2,551 domestic violence cases to the CPS.

Nearly 75% (1,890) of those referrals led to a charge, the highest volume ever recorded.

Of those prosecutions, 77% (1,360) resulted in a successful conviction

Figures issued as part of the ‘Violence against Women and Girls Crime Report 2013-2014’, show that in South Yorkshire 1,766 prosecutions were completed by the CPS for domestic violence in 2013-14, an increase of 26.3% from 2012-13.

Detective Chief Inspector Natalie Shaw, South Yorkshire Police lead on domestic violence, said: “We are committed to tackling domestic violence and bringing perpetrators of this heinous crime before the courts.

Police launch campaign to tackle domestic abuse

West Yorkshire Police have today launched a week long campaign highlighting the issue of domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse week runs until Saturday to raise awareness of the support available to both victims and offenders and to offer multi-agency training in recognising and responding to domestic abuse

West Yorkshire Police officers are called to an average of 100 domestic abuse reports every day. Domestic abuse can occur in any relationship regardless of age, sex, class or race.

We know that on average, a victim suffers abuse on 35 occasions before calling the police. I would encourage victims to step forward and seek our support and the support of partners as soon as they can. This In Focus week is to raise awareness of this crime and to demonstrate, in very practical ways, how those that suffer from abuse can be safeguarded and how determined West Yorkshire police are to identify, track down and deal with offenders.

– Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd

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Unison women tackle domestic violence in Bradford

A team of women from the Unison union are taking on a gruelling 12 hour gym session to raise money to support victims of domestic violence.

The event is taking place at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Odsal.

The women are hoping the money they raise will support parents and children who have been forced to live in special refuges to escape domestic violence.

Bradford Council is donating use of the equipment for free.

What we raise will help to buy some much needed Christmas presents for the children who will be in refuges over the festive period.

We felt we should do something to help and our 12-hour session in the gym is a good way to raise both money and awareness of the White Ribbon campaign."

– Jayne Booth, Unison Equalities Officer

Hull police launch campaign to tackle domestic violence

A campaign is being launched in Hull to make people aware of the help and support which is available to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse.

Stress levels tend to hit a peak during the festive period, which is what professionals believe may significantly contribute to the increased number of calls Humberside Police and partner agencies receive for domestic related incidents, between the months of November and January.

Operation Nightwing is a police led domestic violence project which runs from late November until the beginning of January every year. Extra resources are made available, so that officers can act immediately to respond to calls for service which are of a domestic violence nature.

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