A new campaign has been launched to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the help and support available for victims.
The campaign – called the 12 Days of Christmas and running in Derbyshire – highlights the fact abuse can be financial or psychological as well as physical, and involve siblings, parents, children and other relatives as well as partners.
Last December there were 1,563 domestic violence incidents recorded in Derbyshire – a 5.8 per cent increase on the year before and a 2.7 per cent increase on an average month.
Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council are behind the new awareness raising campaign.
Posters encouraging people to ring the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline, or Derbyshire Police, are going on display across the county.
They will be put up in places such as pubs, bars and doctor surgeries, as well as on buses.
Advice and safety information will be tweeted by the police and councils for the next 12 days – aiming to highlight the help that is available for victims.
Inspector Andrea Parkin said: “The Christmas period is a time for the family, with the focus on giving and sharing.
“However, in some families Christmas is a time of fear and violence.
“We are hoping to raise the profile of domestic abuse and encourage victims to get help.
“If they don’t want to contact the police they can ring the helpline for advice.”
Call the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 0198668 or, in an emergency, call 999. Advice is also available via www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Personal-Safety/Domestic-Violence.aspx