Southeastern Police District: The number of domestic violence cases involving children has doubled since last spring

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Figures from the Southeastern Police District show that the number of cases involving domestic violence against children has doubled since last spring.

The figures have been collected by the public prosecutors in Vestfold, Telemark, and Buskerud, Rett24 writes.

The report from the public prosecutors shows that there has been an increase of 113.4% in cases of violence in close relationships where children are either victims or witnesses in the first quarter this year, compared with the first quarter period last year.

The investigation focused on the Southeastern Police District, which is headquartered in Tønsberg. 

“The increase in the number of reports is not unique to the Southeastern Police District. A corresponding increase is a national trend,” the public prosecutors wrote in the report. 

Sæther: Closes analysis needed

Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions of Norway Knut Erik Sæther says that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is closely following these developments.

“There is a need for a closer analysis before anything can be said with certainty about the reasons for the increase. It is, of course, obvious to look at a possible connection with the corona pandemic, but the increase in the number of reviews in the first half of 2021 may also have other causes,” he told Rett24.

The figures also show that there has been an increase in cases involving child rape of 57.1% in the same period. However, the public prosecutors point out that the increase is assumed to be due to fewer cases being registered during the start of the corona pandemic. In the same period in 2019, the number of cases involving the rape of children was at about the same level as this year.

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