DOMESTIC abuse is thought to cost the borough almost £29million a year.

The cost was revealed as part of a three-year strategy plan and shows how the criminal justice system, police and civil legal costs make up part of the multi-million pound sum.

Almost £12million spent on physical health care for victims.

The strategy has been put together by Barnsley Council's Colin Brotherson and Lynne Casserly from the Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Service.

It shows there were 3,971 domestic violence reports made to police in Barnsley in 2010/2011.

The report breaks down incident reports into Safer Neighbourhood Team areas.

It reveals Royston SNT had the highest number of reports - with 650 made in 2011, up by nine per cent on the previous year.

The Town and Kingstone SNT received 579 reports, up by five per cent, while Darton SNT recorded far fewer with 224 incidents reported in 2011, but was still up by seven per cent.

Penistone SNT had the fewest reports with 131 made in 2011, up by 39 per cent.

Overall there was a 5.4 per cent increase in recorded domestic crimes and incidents, in comparison to the previous year.

The report also shows there was a decrease in the number of rape offences recorded in Barnsley for 2011, with 57 offences reported, down by 12.3 per cent.

Cllr Roy Miller said adopting the strategy would result in a cohesive approach to tackling the problem.

"If we are to make a positive impact to reduce offending and protect victims of abuse, it is vital the council is effective."