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Domestic abusers are being warned by Northamptonshire Police to expect a visit from officers this Christmas if they commit domestic abuse offences over the festive period.
Domestic abuse is never acceptable, and the force will respond robustly to incidents. Officers are working round the clock to keep people safe and have operational plans in place to arrest suspected offenders and pursue prosecution.
Detective Chief Inspector Hayley Costar who leads the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit said: “We want families to have a safe and peaceful Christmas. No-one should have the fear of abuse or violence hanging over them, which is why we are warning perpetrators to change their behaviour or action will be taken.
“Unfortunately, incidents of domestic abuse are known to increase over the festive period. Abusers will often find excuses for their behaviour, particularly at this time of year – too much alcohol, family rows, financial pressures - but there is no excuse for being violent, abusive, or controlling to your loved ones. Let’s be clear, it is a choice. If you make that choice and commit an offence, we will do everything in our power to protect the victims and bring you to justice.”
Domestic abuse can be physical or psychological and affects women, men, and children, from all walks of life. It has no place in our society and shouldn’t be tolerated.
DCI Costar said: “It’s important that anyone suffering from domestic abuse knows the police are working to keep you safe. I want to encourage victims not to suffer in silence and to report domestic abuse incidents to us. Call police on the non-emergency 101 or, in an emergency always call 999.
“Please reach out for help. If you are not ready yet to report to the police, please contact victim support service, Voice on 0300 303 1965, who can provide advice, they are one of a number of statutory and voluntary agencies available to ensure anyone who suffers domestic abuse gets the help they need.”
For help and advice go to: https://www.northants.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/