York & North Yorkshire

York sees 10% rise in domestic violence

The number of domestic violence incidents in York has increased by almost 10% in the past year, new figures have shown.

Data from the Safer York Partnership shows there were almost 2,200 incidents between April 2009 and April 2010.

That compared with just over 2,000 in the preceding year.

The partnership said agencies in the city such as the police had been actively encouraging victims of domestic violence to report incidents.

It warned last month that domestic violence in the city was expected to increase during the World Cup.

Figures for that period have not yet been released, but during the last World Cup in 2006, cases of domestic abuse almost doubled in York, rising to 187 from 96 in the previous summer.

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