Research reveals extent of domestic abuse problem in Northern Ireland

By Lenore Rice

New research has revealed that there have been 67 deaths in Northern Ireland as a result of domestic abuse in the last 10 years, representing a quarter of all murders in that period.

A Freedom of Information request was made to the PSNI, and the research published by Detail Data reveals that 36 females and 31 males lost their lives at the hands of a partner, ex-partner or a family member. Thirteen of the deaths were children aged 9 or under.

The research says that there have been over 28,000 reports of domestic abuse made to the PSNI in 2014-15 for investigation, including 6 deaths and 28 attempted murders. Three-quarters of the victims of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland and the last year were female. David McBurney, Detective Chief Inspector at the PSNI, warns however that the official figures do not represent the full scale of the problem, saying "there are still incidents of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland that go unreported". He urges victims to contact the PSNI and assures that all reported incidents of domestic abuse will be investigated.

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