Police campaign to battle domestic abuse over Christmas period

Suffolk Police is reminding those experiencing domestic abuse there is need to suffer in silence as part of its...

Suffolk Police is reminding those experiencing domestic abuse there is need to suffer in silence as part of its #SaferChristmas campaign. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A seasonal police campaign is reminding those experiencing domestic abuse there is need to suffer in silence.

Suffolk Constabulary's #SaferChristmas campaign hopes to reduce the verbal, sexual, psychological, financial and emotional abuse which can feature over the festive period.

Detective superintendent Eamonn Bridger said: 'Domestic abuse sadly take place every day and can be very frightening, affecting people regardless of age, gender, race and sexuality.

'The aim of our Christmas campaign is to make victims aware that it is not their fault, that they are not alone and they can take steps to stop abuse.'

He added: 'I understand that taking the first step and telling somebody what is happening can often be very difficult but police will be able to offer advice and support to help domestic abuse victims.

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'We also work closely with partner agencies as we understand that people don't always want to approach police.

'If you are experiencing domestic violence, or know someone who is, please report it and help us keep communities safer.'

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Over 830 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to Suffolk Police in December last year.

A police spokesman said: 'Tensions over money, unrealistic expectations about having the perfect Christmas, combined with excessive alcohol and being cooped up in close quarters; all exert an additional pressure on relationships.'

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has condemned domestic abuse as 'an appalling crime'.

He said: 'It ruins the lives of victims and has a devastating impact on their families, particularly because children often suffer the consequences as well. No-one should have to live with the fear of violence or controlling behaviour, especially at home.

'I find it particularly sad that there is often an increase in the number of cases of domestic abuse at this time of the year and many victims endure tremendous suffering in silence which is totally unacceptable.

'I'd like to encourage anyone suffering from domestic abuse to seek advice by contacting Lighthouse Women's Aid on 01473 745 111 or the police on 101 or in an emergency, 999.'

For more advice on how to deal with domestic abuse visit: www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/assault-abuse-threats/domestic-abuse

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