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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Cumbria police prepare for a ‘dramatic’ rise in domestic abuse reports

VICTIMS of domestic violence will have help on hand this festive period, as police ensure they are equipped to deal with any incidents which arise.

VICTIMS of domestic violence in Cumbria will have help on hand this festive period, as police ensure they are equipped to deal with any incidents which arise.

Statistics show that during the Christmas and new year period, domestic violence rises dramatically.

Police say they are striving to increase reporting of incidents so that the appropriate support can be given to victims and their families.

Det Supt Mike Forrester said: “Our aim is to help those people who are subject of domestic violence. It is so important that when victims find the strength to report their abuse to us that we have the right people to provide the necessary support and advice.

“Some people struggle to understand domestic abuse and have the perception that the victim should just leave on the first occasion when they are abused. However, it is not that easy for some.

“Victims are often emotionally abused to the extent that they believe that their abuser is the only person there for them.

“They can be manipulated to cut themselves off from friends and family and left feeling that they are on their own. Our focus is to bring to everyone’s attention there are groups out there who can help and support any victim.”

There has been a steady increase in the number of instances of domestic violence in the last three years, with 1,657 reported in 2011, 2,062 reported in 2012 and 2,110 already reported in south Cumbria this year.

And with the average number of incidents across all areas of the county set to soar in December, police and charities are ready to take action.

Mark Barrow, divisional manager Cumbria and Lancashire for Victim Support, said: “Never forget that it is a crime for someone you know to attack you in your own home or elsewhere – whether they are your partner, a family member or someone you share your home with.

“Whatever the abuser might say, violence like this is never your fault.

“Nobody has the right to abuse you in this way.”

If you are a victim of domestic violence over the holiday period, you can call police on 999 in an emergency or on 101 otherwise. Victim Support can be reached on 0845 3030900.

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