Speak out this Christmas
Historically, incidents of domestic abuse
increase over Christmas, when the pressures of family and money and
an increase in alcohol consumption place additional strain on
A publicity campaign which highlights Domestic
Abuse at Christmas time has been launched by the Welsh Government
and it has the full support of North Wales Police.
Domestic abuse happens all year round, however
research indicates there is a strong link between alcohol
consumption and domestic violence.
Detective Superintendent John Hanson from
North Wales Police said: "I want to encourage victims to report
incidents of domestic abuse so together with our partner agencies
we can access appropriate support and intervention for these
victims and their families.
“Christmas is a special time when families
should be enjoying the festive season; I want to inform any victim
of domestic violence, that we have dedicated domestic abuse
officers and public protection officers across North Wales who will
ensure that all domestic abuse crimes are investigated, as well as
providing support and information to victims about police
procedures and legal proceedings."
Domestic abuse is happening every day in every
part of the UK and one incident of domestic abuse is reported to
the police nationally every minute. One in four women and one in
six men will be affected at sometime in their lives.
As part of their campaign the Welsh Government
has launched a television advert and a poster using the slogan
‘Don’t just wish for it to get better,’ which is being aired in the
run up to Christmas. Social media is also being used to highlight
If you are living with domestic abuse, North
Wales Police encourage you to come forward. You will be treated
with compassion and dignity. You will be believed and your
complaint thoroughly investigated. We are committed to giving you
the support and assistance to live your life free of fear.
Further information and advice regarding
Domestic Abuse, together with links on how agencies can help you,
is available via our Advice and