Domestic violence in Leeds linked to 26 killings

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Domestic violence has played a significant factor in 26 deaths in Leeds in recent years, a new report reveals.

More than 16,000 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to police in Leeds in the 12 months to May this year - a figure Leeds City Council admits remains “too high”.

The report to today’s meeting of the council’s executive board states domestic violence has been a significant factor in 26 deaths in the city since 2011.

Children were present in around third of the 16,705 domestic violence cases and 36 per cent of the incidents involved repeat victims, the report states. Council chiefs say significant progress has been made since last year when the council identified tackling domestic violence as a key priority, leading to the setting up of the The Domestic Violence Breakthrough Project.

More than 300 Leeds GPs have undergone a training programme and four GP surgeries are taking part in a pilot project where all female patients being asked if they are experiencing domestic violence.

However, the report states: “The city has a history of working well and innovatively with victims of domestic violence but nevertherless the numbers of incidents and especially the number of repeat incidents remains too high.”

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