New figures show Gravesham has one of the highest domestic violence rates in Kent

PUBLISHED: 15:54 01 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:32 01 April 2014

Gravesham has one of the highest number of reported domestic abuse crimes across Kent, according to figures.

Of all the crimes reported in the borough in February, 11.1 per cent - 854 domestic abuse crimes - were for domestic abuse, only Dover (11.5pc) and Medway (11.6pc) had higher out of the 13 Kent districts.

The issue of domestic violence was raised last month by Gurvinder Sandher, the chief executive of the Kent Equality Cohesion Council, at the Sadi Awaaz Suno event, aimed at the issue, in Gravesend.

Speaking to 200 guests at the event, Mr Sandher said: “Gravesham has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Kent and we need to be discussing these issues and raising awareness of what support is available locally.”

Speaking to the Reporter, Chief Inspector Phil Painter, the district commander, said: “We work closely with both local and national agencies to prosecute perpetrators and prevent repeat offending.

“It is never acceptable to abuse your partner or a member of your family in any form and we know just how difficult it is for victims to find the courage to pick up the phone and call the police when there has been an incident.

“Every single victim of domestic abuse should know their complaints will be listened to and they will be treated with sensitivity and compassion.”

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