AN online surgery is being held next week to give people affected by domestic violence the chance to talk to the police and specially trained officers.
It will take place on Thursday, November 10 and is aimed at victims of domestic violence or people concerned that friends and family could be involved in abuse.
The surgery is being held as part of Operation Angel, a campaign launched by police in the dales, and supported by Derbyshire Dales District Council, to raise awareness and help prevent domestic abuse in the run up to the festive period.
People can follow the links to the surgery from the Derbyshire police website (www.derbyshire.police.uk|) where they can chat about issues surrounding domestic abuse or send private messages to officers.
It is the first time a virtual surgery has been held by police in the Derbyshire Dales and the second time the force has held an online session around domestic violence.
Surgeries have previously been held in other parts of the county for people wanting to speak to their Safer Neighbourhood policing team or comment on policing issues.
Insp Bryan Hall said: “The service is easy to use and allows people to remain completely anonymous. People can talk to us in confidence for advice and support around any domestic abuse issues which they may find it difficult to talk about in person.
“Operation Angel is all about making people aware that domestic abuse need not be tolerated and we hope that this virtual surgery will give them another way of getting in touch with specially trained officers who may be able to help.”
Operation Angel was launched in October and will take place until January, to tie in with a seasonal trend and peak in reports about domestic abuse around Christmas and the New Year period.
It brings together many different agencies to raise awareness of the help and support services on offer in the area and encourage people not to suffer domestic abuse in silence.
In other parts of the campaign, ‘Stop Hurting, Start Talking’ posters, leaflets and stickers have been paid for by Derbyshire County Council and are being displayed in doctors surgeries, hospitals and pubs in the area to encourage victims to speak out about abuse.
Support information from North Derbyshire Women’s Aid and Derbyshire Support and Advice for Men (DSAM) will be provided to victims and Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service have provided information packs to people in cases where excessive drinking may have been a factor.
The online surgery will run between 10am and 3pm and people can access the chat by visiting this site and following the links from the Homepage|, which will be updated on the day.
Anyone who is suffering domestic abuse or violence, or has any information about incidents, can also contact Derbyshire police by calling 101, the new police non-emergency number, except in an emergency when the number to dial is always 999.