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Thursday, 13 August 2015
Domestic violence court applications on the increase
The number of domestic violence applications to the courts has risen in recent years, official figures show.
The number of court orders granted, barring individuals from the family home, dropped from by 1,420 in 2007 to 877 last year, a 38% decline.
However, figures from the Courts Service show that there has been a rise in the number of safety orders (up 30%) and protection orders (24%) granted in 2014 when compared to 2007.
Some 5,500 applications for safety orders were made last year - up by 55% from 3,553 in 2007.
Barring orders require a person to leave their home, staying away from both the person applying for the order and any dependent children.
Safety orders prevent a person from violence or threats of violence without having to leave the family home.
Overall, the number of domestic violence applications to the courts rose from 11,394 in 2007 to 13,275 in 2014.
The total number of orders made by the district court rose from 6,797 to 7,499 in the same period.
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