Domestic violence cases soar 20% in 2010 to record 33,852

Posted on March 10, 2011. Filed under: Domestic Violence (DV) | Tags: , |

Thursday 10th March Japan Today

The number of domestic violence cases police recognized in 2010 soared 20.2 percent from the year before to 33,852, the highest since an annual survey commenced in 2002, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

The agency said one of the factors behind the surge is the growing number of victims alerting police, courts and other official institutions at an early stage of the problem, thanks to increased publicity about official measures against domestic violence.

The agency said police intervened in 9,748 cases, up 11.7 percent,  including taking such steps as providing advice to victims or helping to prevent offenders from finding out the current whereabouts of their victims.

Courts intervened in 2,428 cases, a number almost unchanged from a year earlier, by issuing restraining orders or taking other measures.


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