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Slump will see rise in domestic violence’ claim

PUBLISHED: 14:29 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 August 2010

DOMESTIC violence will increase because of the slumping economy, according to a women s charity. The number of reported incidents has soared by almost a quarter on last year, with 1,264 crimes reported to Bromley police from April 1 to November 9 this y

DOMESTIC violence will increase because of the slumping economy, according to a women's charity.

The number of reported incidents has soared by almost a quarter on last year, with 1,264 crimes reported to Bromley police from April 1 to November 9 this year, compared to 1,017 in the same period in 2007.

And women's charities are predicting that the economic situation will make the problem worse next year.

A spokeswoman for Bromley Women's Aid said: "We are concerned we will see the numbers increasing because of the economic climate. The stress on people's lives will increase because of job losses and so on.

"We probably won't see the rise until next year but it is something we are very concerned about."

Meanwhile, homophobic crimes have almost quadrupled, from 12 to 39, and racist offences have increased from 203 to 215.

Bromley Detective Chief Inspector Chris Smart said: "Every day in Bromley someone is arrested for domestic violence, and usually there are several arrests.

"Domestic violence affects not only the intended victim but also the children. The home should be a place where children and families feel safe. People who assault or abuse their partners are abusing their trust, and the police and society will not tolerate this."

On Tuesday last week, police arrested six domestic violence, race and homophobic suspects in the latest phase of Operation Athena.

A 41-year-old man from Bromley was charged with harassment of his ex-partner. A 46-year-old woman from Sidcup was issued with a caution after admitting a racist offence against a newsagent in August this year.

In Orpington, a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of common assault and bailed until January next year while a 33-year-old from Beckenham was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and bailed until December 11.

A 46-year-old man from West Wickham was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and bailed until January.

Police also arrested a 42-year-old man from Mottingham on suspicion of harassment but are taking no further action against him.

Bromley Women's Aid can be contacted on 0208 313 9303 or by going to www.bwaid.com.


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