Police Scotland carried out a day of action in the Banff and Buchan area on Thursday, November 14, as part of a continued crackdown on domestic abuse across the region.
A team of 12 officers targeted around 20 addresses in the area including Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Banff and Macduff.
Working in partnership with Domestic Abuse Outreach workers, the force aimed to carry out checks at a number of properties to ensure the safety of victims and also to track down offenders of domestic abuse.
Detective Sergeant Kerry Rigg said: “The focus of the operation is to target those persons who commit domestic abuse and encourage victims to have the confidence to come forward and report incidents.
“By concentrating with our partners on reassuring victims we aim to give them the support and help that they need.
“It is very much a collaborative approach which is taken with a number of partners in the area to support those who may have experienced or are at risk of experiencing domestic abuse.
“It is an issue which is often under-reported and we want to make it clear that it will not be tolerated and victims will be supported.
“There are systems in place that will provide help at home as well as guidance through any judicial processes,” the detective sergeant added.
Chief Inspector Derek Hiley said: “Police Scotland has listened to our communities and is committed to dealing with concerns they have and keeping people safe.
“Domestic abuse is a serious problem in our society and it will not be tolerated.
“This latest operation is about raising awareness of the issue and helping those who need encouragement to report crimes.
“We are absolutely committed to continuing our approach and protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities,” the chief inspector added.