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Heart has discovered that in the past 3 years 2867 cautions have been given out for domestic abuse offences in Devon. Over a thousand in Plymouth alone.
Around half of these come under the category of common assault and battery. Others include death threats, harassment and actual bodily harm.
Police claim the number is down to victims refusing to press charges, with 40% of reports ending with a caution rather than going through the court system.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse the message is DON'T be afraid to get help. In an emergency ring 999. Otherwise here is a list of useful contact numbers:
Police Domestic Abuse Unit Exeter: 01392 262221
Victim Support: 0845 676 10 20
Survivors UK: 0845 122 1201
MALE men's advice helpline: 0808 801 0327
Domestic Violence Legal Helpline: 0800 5870 209