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Dorset Police Issue Warning To Perpetrators Of Domestic Violence

DI Joe Williams

9:27am 4th December 2014
(Updated 9:39am 4th December 2014)

With on average 700 reports of domestic abuse in the county every month and that number expected to rise over the Christmas holidays - Dorset Police are offering extra help to victims.

From tomorrow (5th December) they will be sending out more specialist officers to visit high-risk victims and target repeat offenders.

Along with robust monitoring, officers will also be providing a response to any reported incidents of domestic violence over Christmas.

Detective Inspector Joe Williams said: "We are determined to support victims in reporting these crimes, and make sure those who inflict abuse are brought to justice. This is a Force priority.

"Along with our own experienced and specially-trained officers who investigate these offences, we also work in close partnership with other agencies who can also offer support, advice and guidance."

"Alcohol can play a part in domestic abuse. Please ensure you do not become a perpetrator as the result of excessive drinking.

"Our officers want children and families throughout Dorset to be able to enjoy Christmas free from the fear of domestic abuse.

"I strongly encourage anybody suffering from this awful crime to report it and seek help."

Dorset Police have extra powers through the recently introduced Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders, to bar a suspected perpetrator of domestic violence from contacting a victim and stop them returning to a victim's home.

Members of the public can also apply to the police on 101 under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law) for a disclosure on a suspected offender's past history, known as the 'right to ask'.

The scheme is for anyone in an intimate relationship regardless of gender.

Anybody can make an enquiry, but information will only be given to someone at risk or a person in a position to safeguard the victim.

Contact Tel Numbers:

Dorset Police (In an emergency always dial 999) 101                                          

National Support for Victims:
National DV Helpline (24 hour)                                               0808 2000247
National Men's Advice Line (for male victims)                       0808 8010327

Local Support for victims

You First (Dorset County Outreach)                                  0800 0325204

Childline (for children)                                                         0800 1111

Partner agencies can also request disclosure is made of an offender's past history where it is believed someone is at risk of harm. This is known as 'right to know'.

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