Over 500 domestic attacks in Cookstown over last 12 months

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VIOLENCE in the home has traditionally been associated with the image of a man using his fists againts a woman.

But shocking police statistics show the problem is almost as prevalent in reverse.

In the Cookstown area alone 509 people people suffered violence at the hands of their partner between July 2012 and June 2013 and police figures suggest 40% of those victims were men.

The violence could be at the hands of a partner, or even in some cases their children. Although in Cookstown, the figures represent a decrease of 28 victims from the previous year, the Criminal Justice Inspection say across NI there has been an increase of 10% in the number of domestic abuse cases recorded.