Calls to NSPCC 'surge by 75% in five years'

The number of people contacting the NSPCC to raise the alarm on domestic abuse has surged by 75% over the past five years.

Figures released by the charity on Thursday showed a sharp rise in the number of calls about children suffering or witnessing emotional abuse or physical violence in the home.

They said ten adults a day are getting in touch with the charity to raise these concerns.

The helpline received calls from 3,883 contacts in 2015/16 - compared with 2,223 in 2011/12 - a 75% increase.

Of the calls, 83% led to referrals to the police, social services or other external agencies.

Peter Wanless, the charity's chief executive, said: "Home should be a haven for children where they feel safe and loved and encouraged to dream big.

"Tragically for thousands of young people it is instead a place where they are stalked by the fear of violence and emotional abuse being inflicted upon them or those that they care for most.

"It is vital that we don't allow children suffering by living in a home plagued by domestic abuse to remain in the shadows."

The charity said they would be launching a new television campaign aimed at what children can achieve when freed from domestic abuse.