Domestic abuse investigations have seen a sharp spike in the Espanola and Manitoulin Island area.

Manitoulin-Espanola OPP Constable Renee Lalonde says the agency investigated 28 domestic-related incidents last month alone with nine of them resulting in someone being charged with criminal offences.

She says some of the charges include threatening death or causing serious bodily harm, assault and threats to property.

Lalonde says the names of the accused are not released to protect the identity of victims, but she also stresses that the OPP are available to deal with any crisis.

She adds there are local resources available for anyone who has been assaulted including the Assaulted Women’s Helpline, and if anyone is in immediate crisis to call 911.

Call the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 where your information will remain anonymous and confidential.