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New research by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has revealed that domestic abuse offences in December have risen by a third over the past 10 years.

In December 2010, 1,554 domestic abuse incidents with injury were recorded in London compared to 2,031 in December 2019. While domestic abuse cases have been rising year on year since 2010, there is also a worrying trend that cases are annually higher in December when compared to November and January.


The Police and Crime Committee has written to the Met Police to ensure that the force has a plan in place to deal with the possible rise in domestic abuse offences throughout December, particularly around the Christmas period.


Unmesh Desai, Chair of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, said, 


The rise in domestic abuse cases in December is likely linked to families being at home more in December compared to other months of the year. The Committee feels that this could be exacerbated by having to spend more time at home during COVID-19 and higher alcohol consumption over the festive period.


“There is absolutely no excuse for any form of domestic abuse and whilst there may be some explanations to help us understand why domestic abuse incidents are higher at different times of the year compared to others, there must be a zero tolerance approach to all kinds of domestic abuse at all times.


“Christmas also brings a lot of extra stress on families, including financial worries which may have been intensified by the pandemic. Our Committee wants to ensure that the Met is working on a plan to protect victims of domestic abuse over the Christmas period, especially as some COVID-19 restrictions will be in place.”


Notes for editors:

  1. The letter is attached. 
  2. Full details of the analysis are available on request.
  3. Unmesh Desai AM, Chair of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  4. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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