Don’t be a Tyrone – speak up, urge Barrow cops
Last updated at 17:31, Friday, 21 December 2012
THE plight of Coronation Street character Tyrone Dobbs has raised the profile of domestic violence this Christmas.
And police in Barrow are urging people not to suffer in silence like the Wetherfield mechanic and to speak out rather than harbouring an abusive partner.
The number of reported incidents increases each December but police believe it is impossible to get an accurate reflection of the number of incidents due to their “hidden” nature.
During the past month 46 per cent of domestic violence incidents reported to police in Cumbria involved alcohol.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Forrester, of Cumbria police’s public protection unit, said: “Sadly domestic violence happens all year round and, although we know it is a crime that is severely under-reported, statistically the number of incidents rise around Christmas as people tend to drink more alcohol and family tensions can often rise.
“We understand how hard it can be for people to speak out and ask for help but we are urging them to find out about what support is available to them in Cumbria.’’
A monthly average of 534 domestic violence incidents were reported to police in Cumbria in 2011 but in December it rose to 552. In 2010 the average number of monthly incidents was 534 but that rose to 594 in December.
He added: “At the moment, 44 per cent of the domestic violence incidents we attend involve repeat victims. This just goes to show that victims speak out once they are confident in reporting incidents to us again.
“However, it also highlights the ugly nature of domestic violence.
“If your partner or family member can abuse you once – they are very likely to do it again. Victims need the confidence to confide in someone, or make one phone call to police so that we can step in and help.
“Domestic abusers are cowards who get a kick out of inflicting pain on people they claim to love.
“Everyone has the right to live safely and without the fear of violence and would like to warn all offenders that we will come down hard on you – not only over Christmas, but in the future.”
For information on advice and support for victims of domestic violence visit www.cumbria.police.uk. If you are a victim or have information regarding domestic violence incidents contact police on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
First published at 16:42, Thursday, 20 December 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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This is a very serious but very taboo subject. Barrow police are very help full. Its only a shame other police authorities do not take it as serious. It happened to me 3 times on Teesside it was only when they" lost" a statement i gave t and i said i was going to complain that the police said they would "had words as it was the first offence".No one man or woman should have to deal with domestic violence alone. WELL DONE BARROW POLICE for highlighting this problem.