Cleveland Police have applied for 34 Domestic Violence Prevention Orders (DVPO’s) since their inception at the end of June this year and are reminding victims of abuse that help is out there and they do not have to suffer in silence.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger said: “Here in Cleveland Domestic Abuse is tackled by a partnership-working approach. This sees the police, courts, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), prison service, probation, local authorities and other statutory and voluntary organisations working together to combat the abuse and help the victim to get their life back on track. Domestic abuse is a crime. You do not have to put up with it.”
With the support of partner agencies, Cleveland Police have put together a poster campaign and advent calendar starting on the 1st December which depict scenes of abuse to encourage sufferers to speak out and signposts them to available help.
Assistant Chief Constable Simon Nickless said: “Out of the 34 DVPO’s applied for (all of which were for physical violence) 33 have been granted – demonstrating to victims that something can and will be done about their abuse if they only have the confidence to speak out.
“I wanted to get this message out prior to the festive season when historically we often see a rise in domestic abuse as families spend more time together.”
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, there is help and support available to you. Detective Inspector Helen Eustace, added: “If you think a family member or friend is experiencing domestic abuse, there are many avenues available for support. Follow the link to our website for further information on www.cleveland.police.uk/advice-information/domesticabuse.aspx
Posted on Monday 1st December 2014