Merseyside Police is reminding victims of domestic abuse that they don’t need to suffer in silence this Christmas and New Year period.
This is time of year is traditionally synonymous with family and a time of celebration, but for many across Merseyside it will not be such a happy occasion, with the force receiving a higher number of reports of domestic abuse every Christmas and New Year.
Domestic abuse is not just about physical violence – it comes in many guises and this year new domestic abuse legislation was introduced, which comes into use on 29 December. This legislation means domestic violence and abuse can now encompass, psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.
The force takes all forms of domestic abuse extremely serious and works hard with its partners to provide support and advice to victims and their families.
Detective Superintendent, head of the force’s public protection Unit, Mark Guinness said: “Victims of domestic abuse, whether they are men or women, are not to blame and don’t have to suffer in silence – help and support is available to assist in breaking the cycle of abuse and moving on to a happier life.
“We want victims, their families, friends and neighbours to recognise when domestic abuse is taking place and to have the confidence to contact us or our partner agencies so we can take action against those responsible and provide help to those involved.
“There are a range of support agencies available from the point the abuse is reported through to any subsequent court proceedings.
“Working together with our partners, we are wholly committed to reducing incidents of domestic abuse across Merseyside, increasing the number of arrests and bringing those responsible to justice.
“We urge anyone who needs help and support to come forward and report abuse to us, in confidence, so we can take action against those responsible.”
Merseyside Police has dedicated and specially trained officers, who respond to incidents of domestic abuse, investigate incidents and provide support and assistance to those in need. This year officers have also received additional training in line with the new legislation.
D/Supt Guinness added: “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone at any time regardless of gender, age and sexuality. It is important for people to recognise when it is happening to them and that confidential support and advice is available to those that need it.
“We are also reminding people that the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, also known as Clare’s Law, is available for those in relationships who wish to check and see if their partner has previously been violent.
“I would also ask those who recognise they have an anger-management problem or are concerned about their behaviour and the affect it is having on their loved ones to seek advice and support so this Christmas can be remembered for the right reasons.”
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