Battle to stop domestic violence- police called out to nine incidents a day in Calderdale

Domestic violence takes it toll on victims - and takes up a lot of police time every month
Domestic violence takes it toll on victims - and takes up a lot of police time every month

POLICE are being called out nine times a day to reports of domestic violence in Calderdale.

The scale of officers’ battle against the crime has been revealed following a Freedom of Information request by the Courier which showed there were 308 reports in December - 10 a day - and 259 the month before - nine a day

But, because of the difficulty in persuading victims to co-operate with police, only around 14 per cent of reports result in a charge or caution.

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long, from Calderdale Police, said the number of domestic violence calls can also be driven up by family fall-outs.

“Under Home Office guidelines, many incidents are recorded which have a domestic connection,” he said.

“A disagreement between parents and older children that gets out of hand and the police are called is classed as domestic violence.

“The investigation can often be difficult to follow through because the victim can often be unwilling to co-operate.

“Many victims just want the immediate problem to stop and once it has they do not wish the police to progress charges.

“More people are being taken to court to be bound over of the victim is reluctant to take matters further.

“We use everything in our power to safeguard victims of domestic abuse and from a comparative performance within West Yorkshire we do deal with domestic violence positively.”

l Of the 308 calls received in December, only 81 were recorded as crimes - 26 per cent.

l Of those 81, 41 resulted in a charge or caution - 50 per cent of the recorded crimes and 13 per cent of the call outs for that month.

l For the 259 call outs received by police in November, 72 were recorded as crimes - 28 per cent.

l Of those 72, 38 resulted in a charge or caution - 53 per cent of the recorded crimes and 15 per cent of calls.

The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police. It advises the police on cases for possible prosecution and reviews cases submitted by the police for prosecution.

Detective Chief Inspector Long added that drink can often be a factor in domestic violence cases as it can make people more volatile, with serious consequences.

“The police take a tough stance on anyone committing alcohol-fuelled crime and continue to offer victims the support they deserve and need,” he said.

The WomenCentre in Halifax offers a range of support for victims and can be contacted on 01422 323339.