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7:02am 2nd August 2014

More people are being convicted of domestic violence in Cornwall and Devon.

The number rose a third last year to more than one and a half thousand.

But charities are warning against complacency.

Polly Neate is the chief executive of Women's Aid, she reckons the number could be even higher if there was a change in the law.

She said: "There are so many barriers to victims coming forward at all in the first place, so most victims of domestic violence never report to the police at all, and obviously that is a really problematic state of affairs, and some of that is the fear that they won't be taken seriously.

"A perpetrator controls every aspect of the victim's life over an extended period of time often, and at the moment that simply isn't recognised in the law, it's not an offence, and that makes it much more difficult to prosecute domestic violence successfully."

7:02am 2nd August 2014

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