Police took 95 domestic abuse calls on Christmas Day

Police released the statistics on Tuesday from their Christmas domestic abuse campaign. Credit: UTV

Police took 95 calls about domestic abuse on Christmas Day last year, according to the latest figures.

The total was up by one from the previous year, which police said "is one too many for the victim".

Releasing the statistics from their Christmas domestic abuse campaign, detectives urged anyone who knows of any incident of abuse to "pick up the phone and make it stop" by calling the PSNI on 0808 802 1414.

Police said from 15 December to 16 January there were a total of 2,656 calls for help in relation to domestic abuse, which was 82 fewer than the previous year.

On New Year's Day there were 139 calls, down from 175.

Detective Chief Superintendent George Clarke, Head of the PSNI’s Public Protection Branch said: “Although there has been a decrease in the number of incidents reported I welcome this.

"However, behind each one of the statistics is a victim who has had to endure abuse and that those victims, both male and female, of all ages, may have suffered abuse many times before calling the police or contacting other agencies for assistance.

“Police officers attending the scene of a domestic incident will take a proactive and robust stance against offenders.

"The police response to domestic abuse aims to ensure the effective protection of victims and family members, whilst allowing the criminal justice system to hold the offender to account for their behaviour."

Police respond to an incident of domestic abuse every 18 minutes.

"We know that domestic abuse is a frightening crime which can affect anyone often leaving them feeling isolated and alone," continued Detective Chief Superintendent George Clarke.

“Between October 2015 and September 2016, there were a total 28,811 domestic abuse incidents reported to police compared to 28,170 from the same period the previous year.

"Although these figures are shocking, we know that a large number of incidents still go unreported to police.

“I urge anyone who knows of any incident of domestic abuse to pick up the phone and make it stop."