Victims of domestic violence are urged to report offenders

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VICTIMS of domestic violence in South Yorkshire are being urged to come forward - by the region’s top lawyer.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Martin Goldman is encouraging victims - who may have spent a fraught period over Christmas and the New Year - to have the confidence to ring the police.

Mr Goldman said: “Over the Christmas period we spend more time with family, feel more financial strain, and consume more alcohol. This is a toxic combination for those suffering domestic abuse.

“Victims will have suffered and may be relieved to see their partner go back to work, to get their children to the safety of school, or just to have the space to think at work or at home. I’m appealing to those people to act now and we will act with you.

“Last year 74 per cent of all domestic violence cases taken to court in South Yorkshire resulted in a conviction. That is 1,139 victims and families who have been able to move on with their lives.” 
Mr Goldman said he was keen to ensure male victims feel just as supported as women.

He added: “We are acutely aware both men and women suffer. Last year we successfully prosecuted 78 per cent of the women we took to court for domestic violence-related offences - that’s 60 women.”

South Yorkshire Police figures show between April and December last year there were 4,932 reports of domestic abuse. But officers believe 60 per cent of attacks go unreported.

n The English National Domestic Violence Helpline is 0808 2000 247 or visit www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk