Police Launch Domestic Violence Campaign

Police in Downpatrick are preparing for a campaign to tackle domestic violence over the coming summer months.

In a statement, the PSNI said that the potential for domestic violence to occur increases in the summer, due to hot weather and the increased intake of alcohol.

Down Area Commander Chief Inspector Deirdre Bones said: "Domestic Abuse is a frightening crime, which can affect anyone regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality. Very often victims are isolated, but no-one should have to endure abuse.

"However there is support out there and a means through the law to address the situation. My officers and I are willing to help any victim of this type of crime but we need them to take the initial brave step to come forward.

"Police within the Down area are committed to the principle that everyone has the right to live free from fear and abuse. Where domestic abuse occurs, or has the potential to occur, the safety and well-being of victims is paramount. Police will always therefore challenge alleged perpetrators of abuse and hold to them to account.

"Officers understand that victims may have suffered abuse many times before calling the police or contacting other agencies for assistance and may feel reluctance to make a formal complaint. This may not only be from fear of further attacks but also due to embarrassment, the potential loss of a partner, children’s welfare, or financial or employment concerns.

"I know it can be a frightening thing to call for help; but I can assure you we will investigate all reported incidents of domestic abuse in a consistent and robust manner, protecting victims and prosecuting offenders.

"We would encourage anyone facing domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence to report it to us and we will take steps to investigate. Partner agencies can also offer assistance and protection to those who find themselves at risk."


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