Listen: 20,000 Reports Of Domestic Violence Made To Women's Aid.

Over 20,000 reports of domestic violence against women and children were made to Women's Aid last year, according to the group's annual report.

Their helpline also recorded a dramatic rise in calls for help, after it switched to a 24 hour service.

Overall, Womens Aid says the highest proportion of reports relate to emotional abuse.

Helpline manager Linda Smith says it's a difficult issue for victims:

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The annual report is attached.

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