Increase in domestic abuse crimes using home technology

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An ITV Wales investigation has found a rise in the number of domestic abuse crimes involving technology.

Across the country there were 435 more domestic abuse crimes recorded where technology used against a victim in 2018 compared with 2017.

Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request found increases in three out of four of Wales’ police forces. North Wales saw the highest number of domestic abuse crimes using technology in 2018 at 491, but South Wales recorded a slight drop in numbers.

Sarah, which is not her real name, was with her husband for 15 years. Over that time, overt displays of affection turned to manipulation and control. Her identity has been protected for her safety.

"There were elements of abuse which I think I didn't recognise at the time were actually control. That was our relationship and we had to get on with it."

The abuse took a dark turn when he started to use technology to monitor her.
Period26 Nov 2019
Event titleITV News
Event typeOther


  • Domestic
  • Abuse
  • Technology
  • Monitoring
  • Cyber
  • Forensics
  • Digital