Campaign to crack down on domestic abuse

A national campaign this Christmas will see officers across Scotland target domestic abuse offenders to send out the message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

Typically, the festive season is a period that sees a rise in domestic abuse and often children will witness this in their homes.

Between April 1 and December 16 this year, Police Scotland was called to more than 42,000 domestic incidents and children were at home 34 per cent of the time.

The Police Scotland Domestic Abuse Campaign will run from 24 December for 13 days and officers across Tayside will be taking part in the campaign to raise awareness and are encouraging victims to come forward.

They will also visit high risk victims to provide reassurance and offenders will be subject to bail checks to ensure they are complying with the conditions. Additionally, enforcement activity will be carried out against offenders.

Detective Inspector Tom Leonard, from Tayside’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for Police Scotland and over the festive period we will be paying particular attention to known offenders.

“We want to continue to encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forward and not suffer in silence. Working alongside a number of partner agencies, we can help put those who commit these despicable offences to court.

“Our message is simple, domestic abuse will not be tolerated.”

Anyone with information or requiring information or advice should contact their local Community Police Officer. Information that may be useful to the Police should be reported on 101 or 999 in an emergency.