Six reports of domestic abuse in 24 hour period

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SIX incidents of domestic abuse were reported to police in just one 24 hour period.

GMP Wigan East posted on Facebook that they had received the reports between Tuesday and Wednesday morning this week in the east of the borough alone.

It also commented that there had been a surge in the number of domestic abuse incidents, including serious assaults, recently but the force is unsure why.

The post reads: “For an unknown reason we have had a surge in domestic incidents which include some serious assaults.

“Six incidents were reported in the last 24 hours in the Wigan East area. No doubt there were also other incidents that were not reported.

“When you think of this nationally it highlights how many thousands of males and females suffer physical abuse at the hands of their partners.

“GMP treats domestic offences as a priority and we work with our partners to assist victims. Do not suffer in silence.”

The Wigan East stretches from Platt Bridge to Mosley Common and includes Leigh, Atherton and Hindley.

The police did not provide any more details about the six incidents and the outcomes from them are unknown.

Wigan has a history of high domestic violence rates with figures released last year show that the borough had the region’s highest number of arrests for domestic violence attacks.

The statistics revealed that in a year, Wigan police had the highest rate within Greater Manchester Police of suspects being arrested or detained at 11.8 per cent of complaints made.

The figures also showed that the number of domestic abuse reports went up from 1,978 between March 1 and June 15 2013 to 2,186 the same period this year.

Victims of domestic abuse should call police on 101 in a non-emergency situation or there are various support networks that also be contacted.

Wigan DIAS (Drop In And Share) can be contacted on 01942 495230 or for Victim support Wigan call 01942 489936.