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UK police overwhelmed by domestic abuse

A new report says UK police are on the verge of being overwhelmed by rising reports of domestic abuse.

A new report says police in England and Wales are on the verge of being overwhelmed by increases in reports of domestic abuse.

According to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) the recorded cases rose 31% between 2013 and 2015.

The report notes that a growing number of people are affected by domestic abuse in the UK society. Police in England and Wales received 900,000 calls in this regard in the 12 months to March 2015.

According to the state-funded BBC, violent, physical, sexual, psychological or emotional abuse - including threats and intimidation - in your home or elsewhere by your current or former partner, or any other adult family member each amounts to domestic abuse. It can also include financial abuse, such as a partner controlling your use of money or running up debts in your name. Men and women can both be perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse, and victims are encouraged to call the police. In 2012 the government extended the definition of domestic violence so that young people aged 16 and 17 would be included. Wording to cover coercive control was also introduced.

In its separate report on protection of vulnerable people, HMIC graded all 43 forces in England and Wales, rating 12 good, 27 requires improvement and four inadequate. No force was rated outstanding.

“What is happening at the moment is that most women specially women as the main victims of domestic abuse have been coming out to talk about the issue…this has shed light on a hidden issue in the UK society,” a London-based analyst Javier Farge told Press TV’s UK Desk.

 He went on saying that police lacks enough resources to cope with the trend. He said there are some misunderstanding about the domestic abuse and this has made it difficult to eradicate the issue completely.



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