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Statistics showing overall trends in domestic abuse incidents and crimes.

Domestic abuse incidents have increased year on year since 2004/05, with the exception of two decreases recorded, a 1.6 per cent decrease in 2007/08 and a 7.3 per cent decrease in 2010/11. The figure of 29,404 incidents for the latest twelve months (October 2016 to September 2017) is continuing this increase and represents the highest level recorded since 2004/05.  In 2016/17, 69% of domestic abuse crime victims were female and 31% male.  During the same period, more than 50% of relationships between domestic abuse victims and offenders were categorised as current or ex spouse/partner.

Domestic abuse crimes tended to fluctuate between 2004/05 and 2009/10 before increasing year on year between 2010/11 and 2015/16. A small decrease (1.0 per cent) was recorded in 2016/17. Levels have since increased in the most recent twelve month period to 14,188 crimes – the highest level recorded since 2004/05.

Source: Domestic Abuse Incidents and Crimes recorded by the Police in Northern Ireland.  Quarterly update to September 2017, published 30th November 2017.

In the 12 months from 1st July to 30th June 2018:

  • There were 30,595 domestic abuse incidents in Northern Ireland, an increase of 1,404 (4.8%) on the previous 12 month period recorded;

  • The number of domestic abuse crimes reached 15,049, an increase of 1,190 (8.6%) on the previous 12 months and the highest 12 month period recorded since 2004/05;

  • There were 16 domestic abuse incidents per 1,000 population and 8 domestic abuse crimes;

  • Increases were seen across all main offence types;

  • NI nine of the eleven policing districts showed an increase in domestic abuse incidents and ten districts had higher levels of domestic abuse crimes.

Source: Domestic Abuse incidents & Crime Recorded by the Police in Northern Ireland.  Updated 30th June 2018.