Domestic abuse accounts for 16% of all recorded crime in Jersey making it a significant area of the Force’s work.
During the festive period there is a slight rise in the number of domestic incidents often due to the pressures of the season.
The reason for the rise is often the stress brought on by the holiday season – spending lots of time at home, pressure of having to buy gifts and constraints on money all add up.
On average officers attend three incidents every day of domestic abuse, ranging in severity. So far in 2014 officers have attended 1100 incidents, about 31% of those are categorised as high risk.
Detective Inspector Mark Hafey, Head of the Public Protection Unit, said: “Domestic Abuse is a serious problem no matter where it takes place and it is certainly not specific to Jersey. We know that Christmas can be a difficult time and we, along with our partner agencies, want to help.
“Jersey has a number of effective reporting mechanisms in place that allow people who are suffering domestic abuse to seek help. Two such agencies that provide professional support and advice are the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor service and the Woman’s Refuge.
“Both of these agencies have professionally trained staff that are able to provide support and guidance in respect of safeguarding plans and safe relationship advice. Obviously the police are on hand to deal with emergencies as well as being in a position to make those links to other agencies if needed.”
Today the Force has interviewed two domestic abuse officers and posted this on YouTube, as well as publishing videos that have been produced in recent years highlighting the important messages.
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