The number of domestic violence crimes committed in Wales rose by almost a quarter between 2013 and 2015.
Figures from Welsh police forces show that episodes of domestic abuse and violence increased from 8,272, in 2013 to 10,230 in 2015. This represents a 23 per cent upturn, however they did not all lead to convictions. Crimes that made up these figures included attempted murder, death threats, assault, rape, harassment, cruelty, neglect, stalking and criminal damage.
The busiest month each year for these reports was July, which averaged 524 incidents during this time. By contrast February had the lowest average, with just 383 reports.
A spokeswoman for the Welsh government insisted the increase in reports were a result of effective campaigning on this issue. Such programmes “aim to inform and educate on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence issues and have focused on both victims and perpetrators, encouraging all to seek help and support” she said.
Meanwhile LGBT rights group Stonewall Cymru have claimed that as many as half of all gay and bisexual men in Wales have been the victims of abuse at the hands of a partner or family member since they turned 16 years old. This is also true of more than a third – 34 per cent – of lesbians and bisexual women, according to the organisation’s research.
Director Andrew White told the BBC that many members of the LGBT community “do not feel comfortable reporting or accessing support” when they have been abused. This is especially the case among transgender people, who “face significant barriers to support, in some cases being turned away from domestic abuse shelters” he added.