Extra resources are made available, so that officers and support agencies can act immediately to respond to calls for service which are of a domestic violence nature throughout December into early 2015.
Police staff and officers will be available to answer calls and manage investigations swiftly and effectively, and sign post all of the relevant parties to specialist support services where applicable. Please note the services are not only free and confidential, but that they can be approached without police involvement.
Detective Inspector Craig Nicholson from the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit said: “It is vital that people contact us or one of our partner agencies if they feel they are victims of domestic abuse or domestic violence or they are questioning their behaviour towards their partner or spouse. We can offer support, and more importantly, prosecute without the victim having to go through the court process.
“Christmas is a stressful time for everyone, so we want people to realise that actions and comments which may be conceived as insignificant or someone just experiencing a ‘bad day’, could quite easily turn into something a lot more sinister, if it is left to develop over time.
“We want people to recognise that certain behaviour is just not acceptable and offenders will be brought to justice. Harming someone, either emotionally or physically, is not love. It’s abuse.”
If you, or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please contact the agency below – free, confidential and approachable without police involvement.
North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire
It’s My Right
Confidential, practical and emotional support
0800 197 47 87
You can also access the It’s My Right website at www.itsmyright.co.uk/