Police urge abuse victims to come forward

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POLICE in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales are encouraging victims of domestic abuse during the festive period not to suffer in silence.

It is part of a seasonal campaign to help prevent crime on the run up to Christmas.

During the final week before the big day officers are reminding people that they don’t have to tolerate domestic violence or abuse.

Community Safety Insp. Shaun Woodcock said: “Historically, incidents of domestic abuse do increase over Christmas, when there may be pressures from family and or over money, which coupled with increased alcohol consumption places additional strain on relationships.

“Domestic abuse will not be tolerated at any time of year and officers across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales will continue to rigorously enforce the law in this area.”

A radio campaign is running in the area to encourage victims to come forward, either to the police or through agencies set up to help support people who are suffering from domestic abuse.

It also promotes the free national 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline which is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge and for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

People suffering or who are concerned that another person could be suffering from domestic abuse can call the national Domestic Violence Helpline free on 0808 2000 247, visit their website www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk for advice and details on local support services.

You can also contact Derbyshire Support and Advice for Men on 0800 0198 668 or visit their website: www.derbyshiresam.org.uk.

To contact Derbyshire police call 101, the non-emergency number unless you are in immediate danger, when the number is always 999.