Domestic violence reports on the rise

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3 July 2007, GRONINGEN – The Advice and Support Centres for Domestic Violence in the northern part of the country can no longer handle all the reports they are receiving.

3 July 2007

GRONINGEN – The Advice and Support Centres for Domestic Violence in the northern part of the country can no longer handle all the reports they are receiving.

The organisations have received so many reports that more staff has to be put on duty. This requires extra money and that is why the support centres submitted a petition to the parliamentary committee on youth and family today. A spokesperson for the support organisation said this on Tuesday.

The number of requests for assistance has increased by 30 percent n Groningen in a year's time. "The reports concern 540 families, involving a total of 600 children," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson says the rise in reports can be seen throughout the country thanks to increased attention to the problem. "The government devoted a national publicity campaign to the topic. This gives many victims the extra push they need to report to a support centre."

The advice and support centres for domestic violence were set up by the government to coordinate between the various assistance agencies. "We now receive a sum of 18 cents per resident, but with the rise in the number of reports that should increase to EUR 1 per resident. Hopefully the parliamentary committee on youth and family will take our petition into account in the talks on policy plans."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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