'Direct' domestic abuse approach sees cases increase
Police say a "direct" approach to tackling some of the worst domestic abuse cases has seen public confidence rise in reporting such issues.
Latest figures for Dumfries and Galloway show nearly 500 cases were reported in the six months from April.
It is an increase of 29% compared with the same period last year.
Divisional Commander Kate Thomson said police were now focusing closely on known offenders which was, in turn, helping to identify more victims.
She said there had been a "change of tactics" in dealing with the issue which appeared to be paying off.
"We are tackling some of the most serious and serial offenders very directly," she said.
"By doing it that way what we have found is people feel more confident to come forward and speak to us.
"When others see those individuals being able to do that and coming forward, it has raised the level of confidence people have in the police and criminal justice system."