Don’t be a victim of domestic abuse this Christmas

Christmas is a special time when families should be enjoying the festive season.

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 relationships.

Domestic abuse happens all year round. However, research indicates there is a strong link between alcohol consumption and domestic violence.

DCI Jason Devonport said: "I want to encourage victims to report incidents of domestic abuse so with our partner agencies we can access appropriate support and intervention for  victims and their families. 

“Christmas is a time when families should be enjoying the festive season; I want people to know 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 some time in their lives.

Domestic abuse is a crime that cuts across all social, cultural and religious boundaries. It has far reaching consequences for victims, witnesses, their families and the wider community. Currently  two women a week are killed by current or previous partners

Domestic abuse can be defined by a pattern of behaviours – it can be controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial and/or emotional.

North Wales Police  will continue to ensure there is ongoing support over the holiday period.

DCI Jason Devonport said; "If you are living with domestic abuse, North Wales Police encourages 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. We treat domestic abuse seriously. If you call the police for help, you can expect us to treat the incident as a potential crime and provide you with help.

"Operation Aegis is the work we undertake to safeguard, enforce, divert and educate all elements of abuse and targeting of vulnerable people across North wales. You will see specific work being completed leading up to significant times of the year linked to abuse.

Further information and advice regarding Domestic Abuse, together with links on how agencies can help you, is available via the North Wales Police website Advice and Support section.

"If you suffer from or witness any form of domestic abuse, please report it. Contact your local police station or dial 999 if you want to report domestic abuse. If you or your children are in immediate danger, dial 999. The safety of you and your children will be our priority."