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Posted 24 November 2016
by Ricky Noble

Domestic Violence – Devon & Cornwall Police Domestic Violence Figures

Following a Freedom of Information Act Request of Devon & Cornwall Police, figures reveal the number of Domestic Violence related incidents for the period 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015 which showed:

  • The total number of domestic incidents of 28,056*
  • The total number of Domestic Abuse, Harassment and Stalking (DASH) risk assessments carried out for Domestic Violence related incidents was 26,724 with over 7% of those being classed as “high risk”.

The total number of domestic incidents recorded in the previous year was 21,751** indicating an increase of around 29% for 2015.

* Request number 2336/16 in 2016 Disclosure List

**Request number 5767/15 in 2015 Disclosure List

Men urged to speak out about domestic violence

Following Michelle Williamson of the Midlands being jailed after subjecting her partner, Ian McNicholl to torture and abuse, men are being urged to speak out if they are involved in an abusive relationship. During the 18 months of abuse Mr McNicholl suffered cracked ribs, a skull fracture and was branded by a red-hot iron.

In 2015 a record 5,640 wives and girlfriends were convicted of assaulting their male partners, a figure which has more than doubled from 2007 convictions.

Nurses more likely to suffer domestic abuse

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust has carried out research which suggests nurses are three times more likely to be victims of domestic abuse than the general public. Around 14% have been victims in the last year with one in 50 suffering an injury. The national average is 4.4%.

Domestic Abuse victims in Bristol to be offered more support

“Next Link” will be offering victims of domestic violence and abuse better services including extended opening hours, a drop-in centre and support for children to help more women escape abusive relationships.


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About the author

Ricky Noble


Paralegal within our family team