Additional police officers to go on patrol this Christmas

Dorset Echo: THERE TO HELP: Dorset Police are making domestic abuse a priority this Christmas THERE TO HELP: Dorset Police are making domestic abuse a priority this Christmas

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.”

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, visit


Telephone numbers for victims of domestic abuse: 

Dorset Police 101 (In an emergency always dial 999)

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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