Meanwhile, North Devon police see a silver lining in the 38% rise of reported domestic abuse in their patch last year. “I view the increased reporting as a good thing,” the North Devon Journal quoted detective inspector Prav Naidoo as saying. “Historically only a fraction of domestic abuse-related offences get reported and to see an increase in reporting helps us support more victims and bring more offenders to justice.”
The newspaper’s coverage mentioned there are more support systems to help victims, including Operation Encompass which the Devon and Cornwall constabulary set up this month. Under the national scheme, schools are informed of incidents where children have been impacted by domestic abuse by 9am the following morning.
Speaking to the Plymouth Herald after the official launch, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer spoke of his own personal experience of domestic violence: as a young boy he witnessed incidents such as his mother being thrown down the stairs before he went to school. “It affected me … but I survived,” he said.