Festive Domestic Abuse

Police Scotland’s Festive Domestic Abuse Campaign runs from 19th December to 5th January 2015.

The campaign will target the perpetrators of domestic abuse with the aim of reducing the number of domestic incidents during the festive period, a time when domestic violence is at it’s highest.

The Domestic Abuse campaign will also provide victims with the confidence to report abuse, and the consequences spelt out to those who commit the abuse.

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Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said:

“The festive season is traditionally a time for families, but it is also a peak time for incidents of domestic abuse. The biggest victims of domestic abuse are often the smallest. Children are often the unacknowledged victims of domestic abuse, yet for them the effects can be lifelong and devastating.

“Police Scotland will not tolerate domestic abuse, working with our many partners in the public and voluntary sector, we will tackle it and we aim to prevent it destroying the lives of its victims, and those children who too often witness this abuse.

“Our message to domestic abusers is stop, think, and think again of the effect on your family and your children. There is support out there, please use it. But understand this, if you are an abuser, there is no place to hide - we will find you.”

What is Domestic Abuse?

There is a common misconception that domestic abuse is physical abuse. Domestic abuse is any form of physical, sexual or mental and emotional abuse which might amount to criminal conduct and which takes place within the context of a relationship.

The relationship will be between partners (married, co-habiting, civil partnership or otherwise) or ex-partners. The abuse can be committed in the home or elsewhere.

For more information, including support, what you can do if this happening to you and what counts as domestic abuse, visit the Domestic Abuse pages in our Keep Safe section of the Police Scotland website.

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