MORE victims of domestic abuse are stepping forward to report the crimes to police, new figures show.

Police confirmed the number of domestic abuse crimes being recorded in East Renfrewshire has increased.

In a report to East Renfrewshire Council, local commander Chief Superintendent Hazel Hendren said: “This is an indication that not only are victims more willing to speak to police officers when they arrive, but also that officers are utilising their additional training to secure all available information.”

Last year, Ch Supt Hendren said all police officers would have additional training in relation to domestic abuse incidents.

New laws are also in force to tackle aspects of domestic abuse such as coercive control in relationships.

Christine Miller, team manager at Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire (WASLER), based in Barrhead, said the latest figures can be interpreted in different ways.

She added: “There is a continued demand that is increasing year on year and part of that is raising awareness across communities and the wider public as well.

“Our statistics say one in five women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime but police reporting never marries with that.

“Agencies are more aware of Women’s Aid now and we get a lot of referrals from our partner agencies.

“Help is available for any woman, child or young person. Coercive control can affect anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, ability or background.”

Anyone who needs support can contact WASLER  by calling 0141 404 0015, drop in at the group’s base at 54 Main Street, Barrhead, between 9am and 5pm, or visit

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