Cumbria Police warn of rise in domestic violence at Christmas

CUMBRIA Police are warning of the increase in domestic violence in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.

Statistics show that during the Christmas and New Year period, domestic violence dramatically rises, with 1st January 2013 seeing the average number of incidents rising to 48.

For the last three years there has been an increase in the number of incidents reported, which policer say could be a good indication that victims want help and are prepared to contact the police.

Cumbria Police are working with partner agencies to help support domestic violence victims at this time of year.

Detective Superintendent Mike Forrester said: “Our aim is to help those people who are subject of domestic violence.

"It is so important that when victims find the strength to report their abuse to us that we have the right people to provide the necessary support and advice.

“Our focus this week is to bring to everyone’s attention that there are groups out there who can help and support any victim.”

Police are also warning that the increased amounts of alchohol consumed a this time of year has 'a major impact' on domestic violence.

Chief Inspector Terry Bathgate said: “Police officers are often the first on the scene at a domestic violent incident, with a number of incidents being as a result of too much alcohol.

“If you are going out drinking, keep within you limits, do not lose control and do not spoil Christmas for your family.”

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