Officers 'to focus on domestic violence'

Police officers in the Antrim area of Northern Ireland have revealed that one of their main priorities for the year will be cutting domestic violence, the Antrim Times reports.

According to official figures, Antrim police met five of their seven targets in their policing in the 2007-08 period, with crime down from 3,099 in 2006-07 to 2,917.

That is a decrease of 5.9 per cent.

Simon Walls told last week's District Policing Partnership that the force is committed to reducing domestic violence in Northern Ireland, and reminded them of the specialist programme which they are putting in place to help combat the problem.

Chief Inspector Walls said that victims of domestic abuse who are deemed to be at high risk will be helped by police initiatives and support, the Antrim Times reports.

The paper quotes: "This should offer assurances that the police are protecting those that are vulnerable," he added.

Last week the same newspaper revealed official statistics on domestic violence in Northern Ireland which showed that there were 688 reported incidents of domestic abuse in 2007-08, compared with 595 in 2006-07.

According to the Home Office, such abuse will affect one in four women and one in six men at some point in their lives.

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