PSNI statistics for 2014/15

The level of domestic abuse crimes and incidents recorded in 2014/15 is the highest level recorded since 2004/05 when statistics collation, in its current format, was introduced.

In the year 2014/15

  • 28,287 incidents with a domestic motivation were reported to the PSNI.
  • The PSNI responded to a domestic incident every 19 minutes of every day.
  • 13,426 domestic abuse crimes were reported (approx 13% of the overall crime in Northern Ireland).
  • 6 murders had a domestic abuse motivation (representing 37.5% of all murders in Northern Ireland).
  • There were over two and a half times as many domestic abuse crimes (13,426) as drug offences (5,048).
  • There were more domestic abuse crimes (13,426) than burglary offences (8,937).
  • There were 2,734 sexual offences recorded including 737 offences of rape.
  • Since January 2010 (cumulative until 31 March 2015) 8,363 MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) cases have been discussed of which there were 10,856 children living in the household. In 7,955 of these cases the victims were female.

All data is taken from the following PSNI reports

  1. Trends in Domestic Abuse Incidents and Crimes Recorded by the Police in Northern Ireland 2004/05 to 2014/15: Annual Bulletin published 06 August 2015, PSNI Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
  2. Trends in Police Recorded Crime in Northern Ireland 1998/99 to 2014/15: Annual Bulletin published 06 August 2015, PSNI Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
  3. PSNI MARAC Steering Group Update – March 2015.

24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline statistics for 2014/15

  • The 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline, open to anyone affected by domestic violence, managed 27,923 calls.*
  • The majority of calls to the service continue to be from women.
  • The percentage of male callers this year rose to 2.2%, an increase from the previous year when the percentage was 1.5%
  • There were 611 Sexual violence calls to the Helpline from 518 female callers and 93 male callers.
  • 262 calls came from foreign nationals and black and minority ethnic women.
  • 35 calls came from the LGBT community.
  • 58% of women callers disclosed mental health issues.
  • 533 women, (an increase of 79 on the previous year) and 226 children (a decrease of 233 from the previous year) were referred to Women’s Aid refuges.
From 1995 to 2015, the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline managed 463,855 calls.*

(* Calls managed include all calls answered and all calls made by Helpline staff to follow up specific support and advice. For example, arranging refuge accommodation for a woman may involve Helpline workers making a number of calls out.)

Women’s Aid groups regional statistics for 2014/15

  • 932 women and 689 children stayed in refuges.
  • 439 women were unable to access refuge in their area.
  • 71 women were supported during their pregnancies.
  • 3,567 women and 4,186 children accessed Floating Support.
  • 5,962 women were supported via all community based outreach services.
  • 195 women from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, including the Travelling community, were accommodated in our local refuges – an increase of 11% from 2013/14.
  • 331 BME women accessed all Women’s Aid outreach services.
  • 1,410 women using regional services, presented with mental health issues.
  • 41 women with no recourse to public funds stayed in our refuges, 27 of whom had children.
  • The vast majority of perpetrators were (current or ex) husbands, partners or boyfriends (approx 80%).
  • Less than 0.5% were same sex partners (current or ex).
  • 6% were family members or relatives.