Increase in Domestic Violence Applications

July 15th, 2014

Figures released from the Court Service have shown a twenty percent increase in applications for protection for domestic violence between 2011 and 2012 from a figure of 10,652 to 12,655.

The number of Safety Orders which were applied for increased from 3,755 in 2011 to 5,026 in 2012. The number granted increased from 512 to 2,255 which is in the region of forty per cent of those applied for. There was a twenty-three per cent increase in applications for Safety Orders.

It is important to note that the eligibility for Protection and Safety Orders was widened by legislation in 2011, which would have had an impact on the increase in applications.

Applications for Barring Orders showed a very slight increase from 2011 to 2012. It is also important to note that barring applications have dropped significantly by over forty-four per cent in the last twelve years. In 2012, forty-one per cent of Barring Orders applications were successful.

Given the high number of applications that did not succeed, it heightens the need for non-adversarial options where at all possible to be explored by parties involved in difficult relationships.

July 2014