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Domestic Violence

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

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) police command unit and (b) council area. (211349)

The Chief Constable has provided the following answer:

The following table details how many cases of domestic violence have been reported to the police in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. The figures are broken down by police command unit, which map onto district council areas, with the exception of Belfast. The four command units for Belfast when combined reflect the council area. Protection of the public from violent and sexual offenders remains a top priority for government. The launch of the new five-year regional strategy to tackle sexual violence and abuse in Northern Ireland is aimed at reducing the unacceptably high level of these kinds of offences.

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Antrim

706

595

688

Ards

843

1,012

858

Armagh

482

497

534

Ballymena

584

516

600

Ballymoney

272

232

286

Banbridge

431

406

433

Carrickfergus

480

419

460

Castlereagh

432

493

485

Coleraine

1,072

1,183

998

Cookstown

503

386

367

Craigavon

1,403

1,460

1,283

Down

670

792

674

Dungannon and South Tyrone

406

476

355

East Belfast

1,336

1,513

1,376

Fermanagh

609

557

592

Foyle

1,691

1,561

1,742

Larne

313

272

329

Limavady

460

564

551

Lisburn

1,551

1,819

1,539

Magherafelt

345

342

323

Moyle

128

145

139

Newry and Mourne

960

954

832

Newtownabbey

973

941

963

North Belfast

2,157

2,231

2,199

North Down

919

867

862

Omagh

723

789

728

South Belfast

999

886

968

Strabane

498

479

484

West Belfast

1,113

1,069

1,428

Northern Ireland

23,059

23,456

23,076