Reduction in cases of domestic abuse

During Operation Lynchpin, which ran from December 21, 2012, until January 2, Tayside Police saw a reduction in domestic incidents.

Over the festive period 256 domestic incidents were recorded compared to 319 over the same period last year.

Operation Lynchpin, now in its fifth year, is an additional resource that Tayside Police put in place to tackle domestic abuse during the festive period. Operation Lynchpin focuses it attentions on the perpetrators of domestic abuse, as well as making sure that the right support is provided to their victims.

While domestic abuse is rightly seen as completely abhorrent by the law abiding majority, it is sadly all too common within Scottish society and can and does have a dreadful impact on its victims.

That impact comes in many guises, be it physical, emotional or financial – or very often a combination of all of those – and can have irretrievable consequences.

Since the launch, dedicated Operation Lynchpin officers have been involved in a number of high risk cases resulting in persons being apprehended and additional charges libelled.

A day of action was carried out on Friday, December 21 whereby domestic perpetrators were visited and bail/warrant checks carried out to coincide with the Strathclyde Police - Campaign Against Violence Day.

Acting Detective Inspector David Rankine said: “Tayside Police welcomes the reduction in incidents but I would also like to remind everyone that unfortunately domestic abuse happens 365 days a year and that all officers are committed to addressing this issue and to supporting the victims and their families throughout the year.

“The police will continue to look to deal robustly with anyone committing offences.”

Anyone who is a victim of Domestic Abuse or has any information regarding incidents of Domestic Abuse should call Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Victims of domestic abuse, female and male, can also contact the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234 (24 hours) to access support or for referrals to local support providers.

For the perpetrators of domestic abuse, there is also the confidential service offered by the Respect Helpline 0808 802 4040.