PSNI campaign targets domestic abuse

Along with many positive traditions over the holiday period, there is unfortunately a growing annual trend of an increase in incidents of domestic violence in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Economic pressures and increased alcohol consumption are thought to be two of the main factors behind the rise in domestic abuse incidents around Christmas time.

The PSNI has re-launched its domestic abuse advertising campaign in the week before the Christmas break, aiming to encourage more victims of domestic violence to make a report to the police. The campaign will be given particular coverage in Belfast, Foyle, Craigavon and Lisburn - areas that have been identified as hotspots of domestic abuse in the past.

Gail McLaughlin from Women's Aid said they estimate that one in four women in Northern Ireland are victims of domestic abuse, and the PSNI say they deal with an incident of domestic abuse every 21 minutes.

If you have been the victim of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland you can contact Women's Aid by calling their 24-hour helpline at 0800 917 1414. If you require legal advice from a solicitor specialising in family law, and in particular domestic abuse, contact Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 1363 .