People who suffer domestic abuse across the Isle and North Lincolnshire are urged to contact the police for support.
Humberside Police is using a national week of action to encourage more people who experience this kind of abuse to seek help.
Over the past 12 months, 15,000 reports of domestic abuse were made to Humberside police. But national research shows fewer than one in four victims will ever report incidents.
Domestic Abuse is not a single agency issue. This week, police aim to show that reports are taken seriously and that victims’ safety is the key priority.
Detective Superintendent Alistair O’Neill, the lead on domestic abuse for Humberside Police said: “Domestic abuse remains a very high priority for us. We recognise the damaging effects, not just on the victims, but on children being brought up in an environment involving fear and constant anxiety. We know that children thrive and achieve much better when brought up in a home where healthy relationships are the norm.
“We are committed to reducing the number of victims and putting safeguards in place to protect those who need help. We also recognise the mixed emotions of many victims considering reporting for the first time and actively encourage them to engage either with ourselves, or with the many specialist domestic abuse partnerships who we work alongside.
“We want to protect you and your family and bring to an end violence and intimidation in your home.”
He added: “Please rest assured we will deal with you in a supportive manner. Please don’t wait until you or your family is at crisis point before asking for assistance.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, Matthew Grove added:
“Domestic abuse is not just a key priority in my police and crime plan, it is important to me personally, as it is a nasty crime that is damaging and eroding the lives of families, and diminishing the life chances of thousands of children.
“Last week I was a speaker at the national conference of Coordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA), where I stressed how domestic abuse can fall through the gaps between organisations. If we allow this to happen, I will be funding homicide investigations, councils will have more children in care and the NHS will be coping with the aftermath for decades.
“Domestic abuse is not always obvious, it is a hidden crime that lurks in the shadows, and must be brought into the open and confronted.”
Within Humberside there are four Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) where a number of agencies come together to discuss and manage high risk domestic abuse cases. These include Health, Social Services, Probation, Police, Fire and Rescue, Domestic Abuse services and Education.
Not all reports of domestic abuse are classified as crimes. Crimes are investigated by trained officers who will work closely with partner agencies.
Since April 2013 the national definition of domestic abuse has included 16 and 17 year olds. This recognises that those in relationships at this age can experience domestic abuse and need support and guidance just as adults do.
Detective Superintendent Alistair O’Neill added: “Domestic abuse is increasingly affecting young people in relationships, especially girls and women aged 16 -19, many of whom may not recognise themselves as victims. Domestic abuse frequently starts at a very low level but escalates over a period. If you have family or friends in this age group in relationships that concern you, please consider encouraging them to engage with ourselves or other supportive agencies.”
“If you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who is experiencing it please visit our web site for details of partner organizations who can offer support.”
Visit http://www.humberside.police.uk/staying-safe-at-home/crime-reduction/domestic-violence-and-abuse. Always dial 999 in an emergency, or call the non-emergency number which is 101.”