THE worst areas for domestic abuse in the North East have been revealed by a new study.

An investigation by Personal Injury Claims UK has found that Northumbria has the highest domestic abuse crime figures in the North East, with a total of 26,317 incidents reported last year. 

It comes as UK charities are warning of the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on domestic abuse services.

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Approximately 71 domestic abuse crimes happened every day in Northumbria between November 2022 and October 2023.

Hexham Courant: A graph representing domestic abuse reports in NorthumbriaA graph representing domestic abuse reports in Northumbria (Image: Personal Injury Claims UK)

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The results come from Freedom of Information requests sent to every police force in the UK.

According to Northumbria Police, 72 per cent of victims were female, 24 per cent were male while 4 per cent of victims had other gender definitions or the gender was unknown.

Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), Andrea Simon, says: “Survivors and the services that support them are continuing to feel the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and budgetary cuts which have seen life-saving specialist support services struggle to meet demand, while plugging the gaps from under-investment in vital public services. 

“This is felt most sharply by those supporting minoritised women, particularly migrant survivors who face ongoing legislative assaults on their rights to safety.”