Sussex police concerned about sexual and domestic abuse

Sussex police have recently released crime figures about West Sussex stating that sexual and domestic abuse is nearly 10% of the total crime that has been reported in the area. Between 2010 and 2011 there was a 2% increase in the prevalence of this type of crime.

80% of those who are subject to domestic or sexual abuse were women and around 20% were aged between 18 and 22 years. Those committing the offences tended to be aged between 18 and 28 years.

Unfortunately, a lot of this type of crime goes unreported and information about its actual prevalence is hard to obtain. Mark Trimmer is the Chief Inspector of police and the Horsham District Commander, he has recently said, “Those who are subject to abuse often feel helpless and desperate in their situation and they fear there will be consequences of their reporting it.

People should understand that domestic abuse is not acceptable behaviour and that in all situations it should be reported to the police and dealt with effectively.”

A recent report has shown that a large number of women in Brighton are subject to abuse and the figure is over 10%. This is actually a decrease on the amount of abuse that was previously been reported but the number of people who are seeking counselling for abuse is increasing.

This further confuses the statistics and highlights how hard it can be to gather accurate data on the situation. There was recently a conference in Brighton about how to deal with various kinds of sexual abuse and received a great deal of support from the police and various abuse charities from across the country.