Police Scotland launch campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse

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Domestic abuse is a constant concern for Police Scotland and officers across the North East are sending out the message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

The festive season is a time of year that typically sees a rise in domestic abuse incidents, as additional pressures such as alcohol, financial problems, family and social gatherings or confinement at home due to bad weather, can increase pressure on relationships and result in abusive behaviour from one partner to another.

Police Scotland is launching a national campaign this month to raise awareness about domestic abuse and throughout the festive period will be proactively targeting those individuals who abuse their partners in any way and bringing them before the Court.

Detective Inspector Fiona Topping, from Aberdeenshire & Moray Division, said: “A conviction for a domestic abuse crime is nothing to be proud of. Perpetrators should be in no doubt, your behaviour is your responsibility and impacts on you, your family, your children, your friends, neighbours and work colleagues. You won’t get away with abusing your partner - there will be consequences.

“Officers from Aberdeenshire & Moray Division have already undertaken a number of days of action as part of Operation ALCOR to give a clear message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated.

“We will continue to target perpetrators and those who have previously offended, as well as raise awareness of the issue and encourage victims not to suffer in silence.”

Last month, teams of officers, liaising with partner agencies, targeted more than 55 addresses across Banff & Buchan, Moray and the Garioch areas to ensure that victims were safe and to reiterate the terms of Bail conditions to perpetrators. In addition, five people were brought before the Court and dealt with for domestic abuse crimes.