In the lead up to Christmas, Cumbria Police is urging victims and survivors to come forward, whilst working to make people more aware of the different forms domestic abuse can take.

People often think of domestic abuse as only relating to physical violence.

However, there are numerous other forms and the police are committed to investigating these offences and supporting those who suffer from them.

Detective Superintendent Vicki Ellis said: "It is a sad fact but we in policing do often see a rise in domestic abuse incidents in the lead-up to Christmas.

"Such abuse can take many forms, from physical assaults, sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse or coercive behaviour.

"Our officers are committed to tackling all types of domestic abuse, prosecuting those responsible and working with partner agencies to support victims and survivors."

Officers are encouraging those who are a victim of abuse or know someone who is suffering to please come forward.

“Our officers are better trained than ever to tackle domestic abuse, and deliver a top quality service to those who are vulnerable and in need, we do not want victims to suffer in silence – we can help you! said Det Supt Ellis.

Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said there is a wealth of advice and support available and on their Cumbria Together website is dedicated in helping signpost victims of crime and antisocial behaviour to organisations that can help them.

"Nobody should suffer violence or domestic abuse," he said "We are committed to doing what we can to tackle domestic abuse, and together with our partners we are working to put a stop to it.

"However, we cannot achieve this if incidents are not reported, so we need your help too. Please have the confidence to take that first step, and make that call, where someone is waiting to help."

Visit for information on over 60 organisations offering specialist support to victims of crimes, including specialist support to victims of domestic abuse.

Anyone who would like to report domestic abuse should call Cumbria Police on 101, email or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information on domestic violence please visit Cumbria Constabulary dedicated webpages here.