Festive rise in arrests

A CAMPAIGN to reach out to domestic violence victims led to a rise in calls.

Figures released by West Yorkshire Police show the force received 1,807 calls about the crime over Christmas and New Year – a rise from 1,588 for the same period the year before.

There was also an increase in arrests for domestic violence from 881 to 945.

The police force launched a campaign to encourage victims to speak out in the run-up to the festive period when domestic violence traditionally rises.

Superintendent Ged McManus, from the force’s local policing department, said the increase in calls demonstrated a confidence by victims to report incidents in the knowledge that the police will take action.

He said: “The campaign was timed to coincide with the Christmas period when traditionally there is a rise in these types of incidents – an increased intake of alcohol, added financial pressures and extra family time often prove to be a volatile combination.”