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NSPCC in Wales made 300 referrals about domestic abuse in two years

More than 300 referrals were made to police and social services by the NSPCC in Wales about domestic abuse in the last two years.

The NSPCC has seen a rise in the number of calls to their helpline about domestic abuse. Credit: PA

Now the NSPCC is urging the public to pick up the phone if they have a concern after a 13% rise in cases referred to Welsh authorities in the last year.

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There was a 13% rise in cases referred to Welsh authorities in the last year.
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Referrals were made to police and social services from the NSPCC in Wales in the last 2 years.

Callers were seeking guidance from the NSPCC’s trained advisers after witnessing distressing things such as visible bruises, parents being hospitalised, children being exposed to rage and rough handling, and aggressive behaviour towards parents of young babies.

There were 324 referrals to police and social services from the NSPCC helpline in Wales over the last two years, with 152 in 2015/16 and 172 in 2016/17.

The NSPCC is working in collaboration with the Welsh Government's Live Fear Free programme, which provides advice and information for those suffering with violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence, in a bid to support the implementation of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015.

Domestic abuse can have a huge impact on a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing, and this sharp increase in reports shows that more people are speaking up on behalf of frightened children living in violent homes.

We all have a part to play in tackling domestic abuse, and it’s important to pick up the phone if you’re concerned so that our advisers can offer guidance and get help where it’s needed.

Stepping in early helps to change behaviours and avoid abuse escalating, and putting the child at the heart of interventions is paramount in keeping children safe and limiting long-term damage.

– Des Mannion, head of NSPCC Wales

To seek guidance or report a concern, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.