Figures obtained from Lincolnshire Police have shown that the number of people reporting instances of domestic abuse in the county is on the up.
According to figures gained by LSJ News, over 8500 people reported cases like these in the year running April 2009 to March 2010. This figure is up on the previous year, when the figure was only around 8000.
So far, in a six month period between April 2011 to October, the figure is already at 5500 – Per day, that is an average of 30.2 reports.
However, this does not mean that the number of cases of domestic violence is on the rise, according to Mark Garthwaite.
He said: “There’s a reduction in violence levels, but an increase in violence reporting. So what we’re getting is people that are actually victims of domestic abuse are actually increasing their numbers of reporting. Now, that is a good thing”.
This comes less than a year after the local police launched ‘Operation Nova’ – An initiative designed to make sure victims of domestic violence are able to safely talk to someone about the problems they may be having.
LSJ News’ Nicola Blake spoke to a victim of this type of violence.