Complaints to the PSP related to dating violence increased by almost eight percent in 2015. During the year a total of 1,680 reports were made, according to Lusa new agency.

In a response the PSP confirmed the figure which was 130 more than in 2014.

Of the 1,680 complaints, 963 were made by ex-boyfriends and 717 by existing boyfriends, says the PSP, noting that the majority of incidents (76.9%) were reported by the victims themselves.

About 23% of complaints were made by students. The PSP highlights that complaints related to dating violence have been increasing year on year, as there has been a 32 percent increase in 2014 compared to 2013.

The PSP also indicates that 85% of cases are related to psychological and emotional violence and 74% involved physical violence