Craigavon is one of six domestic violence hotspot areas across Northern Ireland being targeted in an advertising campaign over the Christmas period.
Incidents of domestic violence in the area rose from 1,576 in 2011-2012 to 1,982 in 2012-2013.
The campaign, entitled ‘Behind Closed Doors’, has been launched by the independent charity Crimestoppers and supported by the PSNI and the Department of Justice.
It is designed to encourage the reporting of incidents and make domestic abuse victims aware that they can take steps to stop it.
Superintendent Alan Skelton said incidents of domestic abuse rise over the festive season.
He said, “Since October 2012 we have received 27,562 reports of domestic abuse incidents. This is in comparison to the previous year’s figure of 26,555. This increase reflects our continued commitment to working in partnership with stakeholder organisations to increase reporting and improve our response to victims of domestic abuse. Despite the rise in the number of reported incidents we still believe that a large number are going unreported. It is a frightening crime which can affect anyone regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality. Very often victims are isolated. No one should have to endure abuse.”
The campaign also asks neighbours, family or friends of victims to report any incidents anonymously to Crimestoppers.
A 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline is available on 0808 802 1414 or contact police on 0845 600 8000. In an emergency, call 999.