Police step up help for domestic abuse victims

Dorset Echo: Police step up help for domestic abuse victims Police step up help for domestic abuse victims

DORSET Police will be stepping up patrols this Christmas to help victims of domestic abuse.

The force will have additional specially trained officers dedicated to deal with the issue over the festive period, who will carry out visits to reassure high risk victims as well as putting safeguarding measures in place to help children and vulnerable adults.

Known offenders can also expect a police visit to ensure they are abiding by any special conditions or court orders.

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.

“Along with our own experienced and specially trained officers who investigate these offences, we also work in close partnership with other support agencies who can also offer support, advice and guidance.”

Dorset Police receives on average 700 reports of domestic abuse per month across the county.

Reported incidents of domestic abuse tend to increase over the Christmas and New Year period.

Insp Thorpe added: “If you commit an act of domestic abuse against your partner, expect to be arrested, dealt with robustly and go through the Criminal Justice System if appropriate. Domestic abuse offences can attract significant custodial sentences.

“Dorset Police is committed to preventing these offences developing into more serious violent crimes.

Across the UK two women a week and one man every 17 days are killed by their partner or former partner.

“Alcohol can play a part in domestic abuse. Please ensure you do not become a victim or a perpetrator as the result of excessive drinking.

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

“I strongly encourage anybody suffering from this awful crime to report it and seek help.”

The crackdown is part of Dorset Police’s Countdown to Christmas campaign.

For details, follow @dorsetpolice on Twitter or use the hashtag #DPXmasCountdown

For details on support services in Dorset, click here

 

How to get help


CONTACT telephone numbers for victims of domestic abuse:
Dorset Police (In an emergency always dial 999) 101   
National DV Helpline (24 hour)  0808 2000247
National Men’s Advice Line (for male victims) 0808 8010327
You First (Dorset County Outreach)  0800 0325204
West Dorset Women’s Refuge  01305 262444
Childline (for children)   0800 1111
 

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5:00pm Tue 10 Dec 13

David_divenghy2 says...

It should be noted that while the statistics given in this article lack any link or quote as to source, there is one thing that is not counted for when making such statistics for domestic violence.

That is violence by proxy, or when females goad other males into committing acts of violence against another males on her behalf. something that is almost exclusively female perpetrated.

I would suggest that if they put those figures into this equation (why are they suppressed anyway) the male deaths quoted would be raised significantly.
It should be noted that while the statistics given in this article lack any link or quote as to source, there is one thing that is not counted for when making such statistics for domestic violence. That is violence by proxy, or when females goad other males into committing acts of violence against another males on her behalf. something that is almost exclusively female perpetrated. I would suggest that if they put those figures into this equation (why are they suppressed anyway) the male deaths quoted would be raised significantly. David_divenghy2

3:03pm Fri 13 Dec 13

David_divenghy2 says...

As an example of this, albeit an extreme example as opposed to the far more ubiquitous "chivalry engaging" proxy violence, today in the news is this story . She will be out in three years. This is normally not registered as domestic violence against men in the stats often quoted..

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As an example of this, albeit an extreme example as opposed to the far more ubiquitous "chivalry engaging" proxy violence, today in the news is this story . She will be out in three years. This is normally not registered as domestic violence against men in the stats often quoted.. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2523152/Cheating-wif e-jailed-trying-kill -husband-friend-recr uited-hitman-went-po lice.html?ITO=1490&n s_mchannel=rss&ns_ca mpaign=1490 David_divenghy2

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