Police Scotland crack down on domestic abuse

Police Scotland are targeting domestic abuse offenders this Christmas.
Police Scotland are targeting domestic abuse offenders this Christmas.

A national campaign this Christmas will see officers, across Scotland, target domestic abuse offenders to send out the message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

Police officers say typically, the festive season is a period that sees a rise in domestic abuse as additional pressures, such as alcohol, financial problems, family and social gatherings or confinement at home due to bad weather, can increase pressure on relationships and result in abusive behaviour from one partner to another.

Officers say often children will be witness to domestic abuse in their homes over Christmas.

Between April 1 and December 16 this year, Police Scotland answered calls to more than 42,000 domestic incidents and children were present at the home 34 per cent of the time.

The Police Scotland Domestic Abuse Campaign will run from Christmas Eve for 13 days and officers from across Tayside will be taking part.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and to encourage victims to come forward.

Officers will also visit high-risk victims, to provide reassurance and offenders will be subject to bail checks, to ensure they are complying with the set conditions.

Additionally, enforcement activity will be carried out against offenders.

Detective Inspector Tom Leonard, from Tayside’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for Police Scotland and over the festive period we will be paying particular attention to known offenders.

“We want to continue to encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forward, and not suffer in silence.

“Working alongside a number of partner agencies, we can help put those who commit these despicable offences to court. Our message is simple, domestic abuse will not be tolerated.”

Anyone who has any concerns about domestic abuse is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.