Sinn Féin Councillor Caoimhe McKnight has called for victims suffering from domestic abuse or violence to speak out and seek help.
She was commenting after the PSNI recorded its highest ever figure for incidents of domestic violence in the 12 months leading up to September 2018.
She said: “Men and women continue to suffer horrendous forms of violence and abuse every single day.
“Domestic violence and abuse has a devastating effect on the lives of its victims and their families.
“It is not easy for victims to speak out as many live in fear every single day. My message to victims is that you don’t have to suffer alone.
“No-one should suffer in silence. Whether the abuse is physical or emotional, there are organisations, including the PSNI, Women’s Aid, Men’s Aid etc. who are just a phone call away and ready to help.”