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More than 2,500 reports of domestic abuse in Flintshire and Wrexham in 12 months

MORE than 2,500 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to police in Flintshire and Wrexham between April and October.

The eastern division of North Wales Police had reports of 881 domestic crimes and 1,673 so-called ‘domestic non-crimes’ during the six-month period.

The figures show a slight drop on the same period in 2009, when 2,788 incidents were reported.

But the numbers could be set to rise steeply, with the festive period traditionally seeing an increase in reports of abuse.

Last December, the 24-hour Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline managed 2,205 calls, an average of more than 71 calls each day, from people suffering from domestic abuse.

Social Justice Minister and Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant said: “The Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline staff provide an invaluable service, especially during December when the stresses and strains of Christmas sadly result in a significant rise in the number of people suffering from domestic abuse.

“Victims of domestic violence are often too afraid or too ashamed to speak out and a dedicated helpline such as this one are a real lifeline.

“For many people, making that first telephone call and talking to a stranger about their problems is the first step to breaking away from the cycle of violence at home.

“It is vital that people understand that any form of domestic abuse is a crime, and is totally unacceptable. I therefore urge people in abusive relationships to call the helpline to receive advice and support.

“The helpline staff are there to listen 24 hours a day, all you need to do is talk.”

Last year the helpline had a total of 22,285 calls – an increase of 176% since 2004.

And the victims are not all women.

In 2009-10 North Wales Police received 10,761 from 4,107 victims of domestic abuse – 844 of whom were men.

For confidential support and advice, telephone the 24-hour Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 8010800.