North-east police chiefs have sent out a festive warning that domestic abuse will not be tolerated.
It’s the time of year when officers see a rise in such incidents which can be brought on by a number of factors including alcohol, financial problems, family and social gatherings.
Police Scotland’s 13 Days of Christmas begins today (Wednesday) until January 5 and aims to raise awareness about domestic abuse and target individuals who abuse their partners in any way and bringing them before the court.
Detective Inspector Graham Smith, who is leading the campaign in Aberdeen, said: “Christmas for most is a time for enjoying yourself, having fun and spending quality time with family.
“However, for some, the emotional strain of the season can contribute to a rise in domestic abuse. Even the healthiest relationship can suffer stress and strain over Christmas.
“We already know alcohol is a factor in domestic violence and the added tension of the festive season can lead to an increase in reported incidents.
“We are here to provide support for victims, to put offenders before the courts and to let victims know what help and support is available. Offenders need to know that Police can still pursue them without the consent of the victim.”
Detective Inspector Fiona Topping, of Aberdeenshire & Moray Division, said: “A conviction for a domestic abuse crime is nothing to be proud of.
“Perpetrators should be in no doubt, your behaviour is your responsibility and impacts on you, your family, your children, your friends, neighbours and work colleagues. You won’t get away with abusing your partner - there will be consequences.”
Anyone who has any concerns about domestic abuse is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.