Rise in violence against women and children

PUBLISHED: 10:49 06 July 2015

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The number of prosecutions for violence against women and children has risen across Avon and Somerset, tallying with the national outlook.

A total of 2,085 offenders were brought to justice in the year up to April – a rise of almost eight per cent compared with 12 months before.

The figures were released by the Crown Prosecution Service and the offences included sexual assaults, rapes, plus child and domestic abuse. Although the crimes are classified as ‘violence against women and children’, some male victims are included in the statistics due to the way it is calculated.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Tackling domestic and sexual abuse, particularly towards women and children is one of my priorities and is taken very seriously across Avon and Somerset.

“I want all victims to know there is help available – from the police and other agencies – and no one deserves to suffer in silence.

“Domestic abuse is an inexcusable form of cruelty and will not be tolerated. No one has the right to abuse another either physically or mentally.

“Raising awareness of this monstrous crime will hopefully continue to give victims the confidence to come forward and seek justice.”

Victims can contact the police on 101 or use the secure online reporting form on the constabulary’s website.

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