Dec 30 2010 by Leona Greenan, Hamilton Advertiser
POLICE in Hamilton are urging victims of domestic abuse, or those who know someone who is a victim, to report it as part of a newly- launched campaign.
The Division's festive domestic abuse campaign, “Scared to go Home”, is running from now until Tuesday, January 4.
Although domestic abuse happens all-year-round, the number of incidents reported during the festive period always increases.
And this campaign aims to encourage victims, their friends, family or any other person who may know someone who is suffering domestic abuse to seek help and report it.
Community officers have also been issued with lists identifying known domestic abuse offenders. Officers, working in conjunction with the Domestic Abuse Task Force, will continue to target those offenders who pose a risk to victims and their families.
At the same time the Domestic Abuse Unit will be contacting vulnerable victims throughout the area to offer advice and assistance.
Chief Superintendent Tim Love, Divisional Commander, said: “Domestic violence is a very high priority for us.
“Over the festive period, my officers will be actively targeting perpetrators carrying out various action plans and providing a highly visible presence on our streets.”
Lily Greenan, manager of Scottish Women's Aid, said: "This can be a particularly difficult time of year for women who are living with an abusive partner, and this is reflected by the sharp increase in incidents of domestic abuse recorded by police forces every year at this time.
“Visiting prior offenders on key dates has proved to be extremely effective and we firmly believe that by working together, we can stop domestic abuse.”
Staff at local Q & A offices in South Lanarkshire have also been trained in third party reporting mechanisms to encourage victims, witnesses and third parties to report any abuse they may be experiencing at the hands of a partner.
Further info on third party/remote reporting can be sought by logging onto Strathclyde Police's website - www.strathclyde.police.uk