Cumbria Police are raising awareness of the support services available to victims and those affected by domestic abuse, in Cumbria, during the month of December.

The campaign will run over the Christmas period; featuring the daily promotion of different support services on the Force’s social media accounts. The campaign will also encourage reporting and raise general awareness of domestic abuse offences.

There are five areas which domestic abuse is categorised into:

1)            Controlling behaviour, where a perpetrator controls areas of the victim’s life. This can include, controlling who the victim meets or speaks to, what they access on social media, what they wear and monitoring a person’s movements.

2)            Coercive behaviour, where the victim is forced to do things against their will, or they are constantly shouted at, ridiculed, deliberately frightened, threatened or made to feel like they have to walk on eggshells all the time.

3)            Financial abuse, where the perpetrator controls the victim’s finances or restricts what money they can access for themselves or others. This is also a form of controlling behaviour.

4)            Psychological abuse, where a perpetrator destroys the confidence, outlook or mind set of the victim.

5)            Physical abuse.


The Constabulary will also be hosting weekly domestic abuse surgeries through Events on their Facebook page. The surgeries are supported by the Constabulary and partner agencies; giving the public access to several professional support services in one easily accessible place.  These events will run on Wednesdays on the run up to Christmas.

On average, Cumbria Police Deal with at least 17 incidents of domestic abuse everyday across the county. Almost half of these reports are from people who have experienced violence before.

Due to many factors, cases of domestic abuse commonly increase in December. The Constabulary’s campaign is set to send a clear message to victims: There is support available for you.

Force lead for domestic abuse, Detective Chief Inspector James Yallop said:  

“Running this awareness campaign, highlighting support services to the public, is vital. People need to know that they do have places that they can turn to for help and they need to know how to access them.

“Getting the right support can empower a person to take their next positive step forward.  Please do not suffer in silence”.

“Domestic abuse is a crime and will not be tolerated.  We want to encourage victims to report abuse.  Incidents will be investigated thoroughly and sensitively, and we will help people get the support they need”

“There is a whole wealth of support services available in Cumbria; everything from counselling to rehoming support in addition to many other services available nationally.  As the Police, we can help you access these support services and we will support you though any court process.”

If you have been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, you can report this in the safety of your local police station, online here: or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

You can access support services regardless of if you have reported a crime to the police. To access support services independently, contact Victim Support 24/7 on 0808 1689 111 or visit the Cumbria Together website