Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger has spoken of his shock at figures released by the Force today which highlight the number of children present in the home during domestic incidents last year.
The figures show that over 3500 under-fives were recorded as being in the home when police were called to domestic disputes in 2013.
The Commissioner has pledged to continue to support services across the area to provide a voice to many victims and their families. This includes moving forward on the regional strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.
He said: "These figures are completely shocking, but occurrences could be much higher as they only account for times when police have been called.
"We must not forget our vulnerable children who are often the unheard victims of domestic abuse and these statistics show why working with our local charities, support services and partner agencies on this issue is so important.
"We can begin to protect children by addressing the behavior of these abusers, and by empowering victims to take the difficult step to move forward in a more positive environment."
Posted on Tuesday 4th March 2014