Police launch annual domestic abuse Christmas campaign


The Police Service of Northern Ireland has launched its annual domestic abuse Christmas campaign.

Scheduled to run until mid-January, the aim of the campaign is to encourage the reporting of incidents and make victims aware they can take steps to stop it.

The campaign's message is 'Speak Out'. It will be promoted via online advertising across Northern Ireland.

Figures from December 15th 2019 - January 16th show that the highest level of incidents reported to police in the North was on New Year's Day when they received 189 calls for help compared to 158 the previous year.

This is the highest reported amount in the past 5 years.

On Christmas Day there were 96 incidents reported to us compared to 116 from the previous year.

On St. Stephens Day there were 118 incidents reported to us compared to 126 from the previous year.

Looking at the overall statistics from 1st October 2019 until 30th September 2020 there were 32,015 domestic abuse incidents recorded; an increase of 128 on the previous 12 months.