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Violence on men at home on the rise.

CASES of domestic abuse being reported to the police have risen dramatically in Wales over the last five years, figures reveal.

An investigation into the number of all domestic incidents reported to three police forces in Wales revealed a 27% spike in incidents from 2007 to 2011 - with the number of men reporting domestic abuse going up by a quarter in just five years.

North Wales Police registered an increase from 9,686 victims in 2007 to a high of 12,493 last year - up a staggering 29%.

The number of male complainants rose from 1,746 in 2007 to 2,256 in 2011. Male domestic abuse charity, The Dyn Project, said the figures tallied with its own experience, which showed a "dramatic rise" in male victims coming forward.

It has seen a 36% increase in calls to its helpline in the previous year, and made 417 referrals to their face-to-face advocacy service - a 37% increase on the previous year.

Simon Borja, project co-ordinator said there was still a "taboo" about men reporting domestic abuse.

"It is still the case that there is shame and social reasons for men not disclosing domestic abuse, and it is unlikely that men will talk to other men."

Police say they are focused on raising awareness.
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Date:Jun 4, 2012
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