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Domestic Violence

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of domestic violence were reported to the police in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) district command unit and (b) council area. (94965)

Statistics on domestic violence incidents are available from the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The following table details the numbers of incidents reported to PSNI in the last three years—2003-04 (16,926), 2004-05 (20,959), and 2005-06 (23,059)—and breaks these figures down further according to District Command Units. These figures are also representative of council areas. It is worth noting that these figures do not represent the prevalence of the problem, as domestic violence is seriously under reported.

Domestic violence incidents reported to PSNI across District Command Units

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Urban region

Antrim

537

628

706

Ards

473

728

843

East Belfast

1,491

1,246

1,336

North Belfast

1,023

1,843

2,157

South Belfast

553

853

999

West Belfast

977

1,086

1,113

Carrickfergus

440

364

480

Castlereagh

512

617

432

Larne

295

293

313

Lisburn

1,352

1,782

1,551

Newtownabbey

768

863

973

North Down

478

774

919

Total

8,899

11,077

11,822

Rural region

Armagh

353

353

482

Ballymena

289

580

584

Ballymoney

168

255

272

Banbridge

352

346

431

Coleraine

683

824

1,072

Cookstown

430

446

503

Craigavon

912

1,233

1,403

Down

236

363

670

Dungannon and Tyrone

258

323

406

Fermanagh

473

518

609

Foyle

1,491

1,921

1,691

Limavady

359

392

460

Magherafelt

453

448

345

Moyle

69

102

128

Newry and Mourne

513

617

960

Omagh

580

666

723

Strabane

408

495

498

Total

8,027

9,882

11,237

Total of urban and rural regions

16,926

20,959

23,059