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DOMESTIC abuse accounted for six per cent of calls for assistance for Hampshire police, a report has revealed.

The report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary showed that half of these calls were from repeat victims.

Between September 2012 and August 2013, there were 8,068 domestic-abuse related crimes recorded in Hampshire.

For every 100 of those crimes, there were 90 arrests in Hampshire.

The report found frontline officers in the county have received specific domestic abuse training and there is emphasis on making sure that victims are safe.

Some officers have received additional training covering coercive control, stalking, harassment and ‘honour based’ violence.

Simon Hayes, Hampshire police and crime commissioner, said: ‘Overall, the findings of the inspection are reassuring. The report highlights the positive steps Hampshire Constabulary has taken to prioritise domestic abuse and strengthen its support to victims. This has been in response to my commitment to prioritise victims and witnesses and, in particular, victims of domestic abuse – putting them at the heart of policing.’