As part of its commitment to protecting the vulnerable, the Council encourages the reporting of domestic abuse and monitors the numbers closely. Therefore, as with hate crimes, increased reporting is perceived to be positive. There is a tendency for figures to be higher during school holidays and this trend is reflected in the figures. The highest reported figure was for July to September 2016 when the total was 955.
There were 871 domestic abuse incidents reported between July and September 2017 which was an increase on the previous report. Work to deliver against the domestic abuse strategy continues and the Council is committed to ensuring a whole organisation response to this issue.