Domestic abuse victims urged to report crimes

MODEL  RELEASED.    Domestic violence.  Silhouette of a woman protecting herself from a blow from her partner by holding her arms in front of her face.
MODEL RELEASED. Domestic violence. Silhouette of a woman protecting herself from a blow from her partner by holding her arms in front of her face.
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VICTIMS of domestic abuse in South Yorkshire are being urged to stop suffering in silence and report people who are making their lives a misery.

Police chiefs have dedicated officers to help victims who come forward to make complaints against their attackers.

Their appeal to victims to report offenders is part of an annual New Year crackdown on alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder in South Yorkshire.

Supt Peter Norman, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “People’s safety is our key priority, whether they are out celebrating or at home.

“We would like people to report such cases as soon as possible, no matter what time of the day.

“Domestic violence can come in a variety of forms, not just physical abuse. Therefore, people need to be aware that mental and other non physical abuse will be treated the same and not one takes precedence over another.

“Our policy is to act positively, make arrests and pursue prosecutions.

“We aim to reduce the number of domestic violence incidents but in order for us to do this we are asking for people’s help.

“We cannot help combat this if victims don’t report it. We ask people to not suffer in silence and to report it as soon as possible, reducing the chance of them becoming repeat victims.

“We want people to know we have a positive action policy on all domestic abuse incidents.

“We have an above 80 per cent arrest rate for all domestic abuse crimes between April and November 2011.”