Police Scotland will be carrying out a day of action in Aberdeenshire and Moray on Friday (29 May 2015) as part of a continued crackdown on domestic abuse across the region.
Teams of officers will target addresses across the Banff & Buchan, Formartine, Moray, Garioch, Marr and Kincardine areas.
Working in partnership with Domestic Abuse Outreach workers, and other support services including Victim Support and Women’s Aid, the aim of the day is to track down offenders of domestic abuse and carry out checks at a number of properties to ensure the safety of victims.
Detective Sergeant Kerry Rigg of the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit said
The focus of the operation is to target those persons who commit domestic abuse and encourage victims to have the confidence to come forward and report incidents.
It is an issue which is often under-reported and we want to make it clear that it will not be tolerated and victims will be supported. There are systems in place that will provide help at home as well as guidance through any judicial processes.
By concentrating with our partners on reassuring victims, we aim to give them the support and help that they need.
It is very much a collaborative approach which is taken with a number of partners in the area to support those who may have experienced or are at risk of experiencing domestic abuse.
Detective Inspector Fiona Topping said
Police Scotland is committed to dealing with domestic abuse which is still a serious issue in our society.
Domestic abuse is not purely limited to physical and sexual abuse. It can be emotional or mental abuse including criticism and name calling; controlling what a person does, where they go and who they speak to and isolating them from friends and family.
Suffering behind closed doors should not and cannot be ignored. We want to protect victims and deal robustly with offenders.
Children are often described as the forgotten victims of domestic abuse. They are affected not only by directly witnessing abuse, but also by living in an environment where someone is being repeatedly victimised.
Children in a home where abuse takes place are also at greater risk of being abused themselves.
Our aim is to give a clear message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated. We will target perpetrators and those who have previously offended, as well as raise awareness again of the issue and encourage anyone who hasn’t come forward to do so to report crimes.
We will also support our partners to ensure victims and their children are safe and supported.
Detective Inspector Topping added
If you are involved in an abusive relationship, or if you are a friend, neighbour or family member who believes someone is being abused, please speak out. We will listen and we will do something about it.
Reporting domestic abuse is a big step for a victim to take and may be put off for some time before a victim has the courage to take a stand. Phoning the police is not the only way. We have an online domestic abuse reporting form on the Police Scotland website which can be completed and submitted online or it can be printed off and sent to us.
On the form we ask what the victim’s preferred method of contact is. If a victim does not want an officer to go to their house then alternative meeting arrangements can be made. A victim can also specify if they wish either a male or female officer and if they would prefer a plain clothed officer. Every effort will be made to fulfill these preferences, however cannot be guaranteed on all occasions.
Domestic abuse must not be tolerated and help is available. Please do not suffer in silence.
If you are experiencing physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse or are being intimidated or threatened by a current or previous partner, you are being subjected to domestic abuse. The Police Scotland website has information to help you report domestic abuse and find contact details for partner agencies that can help you.
If you are in danger you should call 999 for emergency assistance or 101 for non urgent situations.