Police across Japan received 6,452 requests for consultation on domestic violence in April, the National Police Agency ‘NPA) said this week. The number is up 16 cases (0.2%) over April2019.
According to the NPA, victims of abuse are less likely to seek help amid the coronavirus pandemic due to limitations on non-essential outings and requests for citizens to stay indoors.
The report reveals that consultations rose in 21 prefectures with Hokkaido at 252 cases (up 77 from 2019) and Hyogo at 283 (up 61). There was also a decrease in domestic violence cases in 25 prefectures, including 303 in Aichi (down 98 from 2019). On the other hand, Fukushima stood at 93 cases, which is the same number as the previous year.
The highest number of consultations were 837 cases in Osaka (up 8), followed by 680 in Tokyo (up 14).
From January to the end of April, there were 25,950 consultations ―up by 500 (2% increase) from the same period last year.© Japan Today