Domestic abuse crackdown

A week-long operation has been launched by police bosses to tackle the predicted rise in domestic abuse in the run-up to Christmas.

Last year, there were 1,526 reports of domestic abuse incidents in Greater Manchester received in the week running up to December 25. This was a rise of 27 per cent compared to the average number of calls police receive over a normal seven-day period.

Boxing Day and December 27 saw that figure rise to 34 per cent, with more than 240 reports of domestic abuse each day.

The operation involves officers from Bury and across the Greater Manchester force targeting the most prolific offenders.

Along with partner agencies, they will also visit victims who have frequently called police to ensure they are aware of the help and support available to them.

Working closely with Victim Support and Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs), officers will be contacting individuals who are at a high risk of harm. Support provided can include obtaining civil orders, the right to know about a partner’s past, using the powers of the domestic violence disclosure scheme, and the judicial process.

Det Chief Supt Vanessa Jardine, head of the public protection division, said: “Over the Christmas period we historically see an increase in the number of domestic abuse incidents and we are expecting to see a rise again this year.

“This is due to heightened family tensions, unrealistic expectations and worries about finances, which when fuelled by excessive drinking can lead to an increase in the number and severity of attacks.

“We would encourage anyone suffering abuse to report it and get the help and support to stop it as in many cases it does escalate — it very rarely stops.”

Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “We need to give victims confidence to come forward and report domestic violence and raise awareness of the help and support that’s available to break the cycle of abuse and help them rebuild their lives.”

n—For help and advice: call the Greater Manchester domestic abuse helpline on 0161 636 7525 or visit endthefear.co.uk

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