‘No let-up’ in fight against domestic abuse

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Following an increased number of domestic abuse crimes reported, Police are reminding communities that there will be no let-up in the fight against domestic abuse and we will continue to target offenders over the festive period.

Officers have investigated a total of 131 incidents involving domestic abuse in the last month, resulting in more than 100 people being charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Detective Inspector Neil Campbell, of the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Domestic abuse can come in all forms, ranging from emotional and verbal abuse, through to violence of varying levels.

“No matter what form it takes, it is equally traumatic and can have a significant lasting effect on victims, as well as others, such as children who all too often witness this abuse.

“Sadly there have been a number of incidents recently which have involved serious injury to the victim. Our message to perpetrators across the region is that their actions will not be tolerated and there will be consequences.

“If you have committed or are committing abuse towards your partner, time is running out and there is no hiding from justice.

“We are launching our national ‘Love Doesn’t Control’ campaign, in an effort to raise awareness of domestic abuse and highlight the part that coercive control plays in it. This encompasses a range of emotional, mental and torture techniques used to control abuse victims.

“I would use anyone who is a victim, or anyone who suspects domestic abuse may be occurring, to report their concerns to Police or other domestic abuse agencies.

Anyone with any concerns about domestic abuse, violence or has any incidents to report, is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.