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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 September 2005, 06:06 GMT 07:06 UK
Rise in domestic violence reports
Domestic violence
Domestic abuse sufferers are often repeat victims of the offence
Ways to tackle domestic abuse are being examined in south Wales amid a rise in reported offences in the region.

A conference in Swansea on Thursday aims to raise awareness about the help available for victims.

Almost 3,500 incidents were recorded by South Wales Police in the year up to April, an increase of almost 400.

One in four women and one in seven men across the UK experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, according to official figures.

The general consensus in Swansea is not that there is more domestic abuse taking place, but that reporting is increasing
Kerry Robinson, Safer Swansea Partnership

Cases may include physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

UK government research also found that domestic abuse has more repeat victims than any other crime.

The conference at the Dylan Thomas Centre, will look at how local agencies can work together to prevent abuse, hold culprits accountable, and support victims.

Kerry Robinson, domestic abuse co-ordinator of the Safer Swansea Partnership, said the increase in levels of abuse recorded by the police could be misleading.

"The general consensus in Swansea is not that there is more domestic abuse taking place, but that reporting is increasing.

"Agencies are working in partnership more which improves services and raises public confidence to come forward and report it."

Man looking out of the window
The conference aims to raise awareness of services available

James Rowlands, from the Dyn Project, which helps male victims of abuse in Wales, said that raising awareness was very important:

"It's about constantly bringing that message back so people are aware of the services.

"We are seeing more people coming forward. It is positive that people feel that they can report abuse, and that they feel that society as a whole is taking it seriously."

Swansea council cabinet member for social services, Wendy Fitzgerald said: "We are delighted to host this opportunity to highlight and build upon the partnership working in Swansea to tackle domestic abuse.

"The event has attracted great interest and enthusiasm locally and we are keen to raise the profile of the issues."

People experiencing domestic abuse can call the Wales domestic abuse helpline 0808 80 10 800 (dial 999 in an emergency).

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