05/31/2016 10:40 EDT | Updated 06/01/2017 01:12 EDT

Calgary police say more officers will not solve increase in family violence

Calgary Police Chief Roger Chaffin says there is no simple answer to the rising number of domestic violence cases in the city.

Earlier this month police released statistics that show there was a 10 per cent increase in cases in 2015 compared to the previous year and a big jump in domestic assaults that involved weapons.

Police have linked the trend to the pressures caused by the economic downturn.

Chaffin says more police will not solve the problem.

He says the solution is to work with the community to encourage people to seek help if they don't feel safe in their homes.

Chaffin says most cases of domestic violence in Calgary are not reported and helping those people is a big challenge. (CHQR, The Canadian Press)