Reports of increase in domestic abuse incidents in NI over Christmas

By Lenore Rice

There are concerns that domestic abuse in Northern Ireland increased significantly over Christmas after one policing area dealt with 20 incidents of domestic-related violence over a 4 day period.

The full statistics on domestic abuse over the Christmas period will be compiled at a later date, but Craigavon PSNI has already confirmed that it responded to 20 incidents of domestic violence between 24th and 27th December. Women's Aid have also said that 100 women and 83 children have been attended to in refuges across Northern Ireland over the Christmas period. Chief executive of the Belfast and Lisburn branch, Patricia Lynas, says that it is likely that more incidents will be reported in the week after Christmas.

Ms Lynas says that many women suffering domestic abuse try to get through Christmas to maintain a "sense of normality for children", and that many "plan to use the refuge afterwards".

If you require legal advice in respect of a matter related to domestic abuse, such as emergency and subsequent Court Orders including Non-molestation and Occupation Orders, Injunctions and Matrimonial Home rights, contact one of the family law solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 1363.