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Domestic Violence Won't Be Tolerated

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4:30pm 21st December 2012

"Domestic violence will not be tolerated", that's the line from Dorset Police in the run up to Christmas.

Figures show there's typically a rise in cases during the festive period and around New Year.

The county force is putting more Officers on call to deal any suspected cases and are warning that anyone caught committing these offences should be prepared to face the consequences.

Detective Chief Inspector of Dorset Police, John Gately says; "Anyone who commits domestic violence will not only face a possible prison sentence, but they will also have to live with the stigma of being an offender of this awful crime."

It's the latest drive in the Police Advent Calendar campaign.

Domestic Violence Charity, The Safe partnership, based in Wareham have welcomed the move by Dorset Police.

Chief Executive Malcolm MacCleod told Wessex FM; "It's extremely important victims realise they're suffering abuse and they should tell someone and come forward."

"Any initiative like this one from Dorset Police that can make inroads into the incidences of domestic violence, especially at this time of year should be warmly applauded."

To find out more about the Safe Partnership click here to view their website - http://www.safepartnership.org/

Below are some more useful numbers for anyone who may be suffering, or know someone affected by domestic violence.

Outreach:
National Domestic Violence 24 Hour Helpline 0808 2000 247

For children:
Childline 0800 1111
The Hideout website - www.thehideout.org.uk

For male victims:
Men's Advice Line national helpline 0808 801 0327

For people committing domestic violence:
Respect national phone line 0808 8024040

This is Abuse website:
This website provides links to a variety of organisations that provide advice and support for people suffering abuse in relationships.

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