A marked rise in reports of domestic abuse cases in West Lothian, Scotland, have been welcomed as positive by the local police force.
It recorded 2,684 incidents between January and March, a 12.1% increase on the five-year average. However, 58% of those cases did not result in a crime being logged, the Daily Record newspaper reported.
Area commander, chief inspector Jocelyn O’Connor, told the local council’s public and community safety committee: “We see this upward trend as a positive because it supports our assumption of increased confidence in people coming to us to report when they have concerns about domestic abuse in households.
“A lot of our non-criminal and domestic calls tend to be disputes about child custody but we will always encourage people to report to us.”