Specially trained police officers to support victims of domestic abuse over Christmas

Bournemouth Echo: Specially trained police officers to support victims of domestic abuse over Christmas Specially trained police officers to support victims of domestic abuse over Christmas

There will be specially trained police officers dedicated to supporting victims of domestic abuse in Dorset this Christmas.

Inspector Steve Thorpe said: “We are determined to support victims in reporting these crimes, and make sure those who inflict abuse are brought to justice. This is a force priority”

Known offenders can expect a visit from Dorset Police as they target serial perpetrators to make sure effective safeguarding measures are put in place. As well as monitoring, police will also be providing a response to any reported incidents.

Inspector Thorpe explains it’s not only the police that are getting involved in these measures “We also work in close partnership with other support agencies who can also offer support, advice and guidance” he says.

Across the UK, two women every week and one man every 17 days are killed by their partner or former partner. In Dorset an average of 700 cases of domestic abuse are reported each month and the number tends to increase over the festive period.

Inspector Thorpe also warns about alcohol often playing a part in domestic abuse and urges anyone who is suffering from abuse to report it and seek help.

“Our officers want children and families throughout Dorset to be able to enjoy Christmas free from the fear of domestic abuse”

“If you commit an act of domestic abuse against your partner, expect to be arrested”

You can follow the Dorset Police countdown to Christmas updates by visiting www.dorset.police.uk, following Dorset Police on twitter @dorsetpolice or by searching for the hashtag #DPXmasCountdown.

If you need help or advice regarding domestic abuse, you can call one of the phone numbers below.

For more information on support services available throughout Dorset visit http://www.dorsetforyou.com/dvahelp

Dorset Police (in and emergency always dial 999): 101

National Support for Victims

  • National DV Helpline (24 hour): 0808 2000247
  • National Men’s Advice Line (for male victims): 0808 8010327

Local support for victims

  • Bournemouth Outreach Service: 01202 547641
  • Bournemouth 24 hour helpline: 01202 547755
  • Poole Outreach Service: 01202 710777
  • Poole 24 hour helpline: 01202 748488
  • You First (Dorset County Outreach): 0800 0325204
  • West Dorset Women’s Refuge: 01305 262444
  • Childline (for children): 0800 1111

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1:21pm Mon 9 Dec 13

losthope says...

Good idea. Now, how about extending it to other well-known perpetrators of anti-social behaviour?
Good idea. Now, how about extending it to other well-known perpetrators of anti-social behaviour? losthope

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