South Wales Police encourage reports of domestic violence concerns over New Year after increase over last five years

New Year’s Day has been the most reported day for domestic abuse and violence over the last five years, and South Wales Police are encouraging those who need support, or know someone who does, to report their concerns.

Factors that can affect this at this time of year can include increased alcohol intake, additional financial pressures, and increased proximity at home.

The Force are encouraging anyone who has experienced physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse, to inform them.

Superintendent Eve Davis said: “Domestic abuse and violence is devastating and can have significant and long-lasting impacts on all those involved in a number of ways.

“It is vitally important to remember that each set of circumstances is different and we will respond according to the needs of those involved, without judgement.

“Domestic abuse and violence is abhorrent, and it is preventable. We are committed to respond to every call of domestic abuse and violence and provide the best service possible.

“We work closely with our partners to be able to respond in a way that addresses safeguarding as a priority. I would encourage victims, perpetrators and others affected by domestic abuse and violence to step forward and report this to us.

“Informing us of any concerns will allows us to help, support and respond in the most appropriate way and additionally we can put you in touch with support organisations that will understand your specific needs.”

Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan said: “Sadly we know that domestic abuse and violence is still underreported and I would urge anyone affected to contact us as our specialist officers and staff are ready to support them and help keep them safe.

“I want the public to feel reassured and have confidence in our determination to do our very best for them. I want victims to feel supported at every step.

“As for offenders who believe that this kind of cowardly behaviour is acceptable, they should know we will use every available resource at our disposal to bring them stop their offending and bring them to justice. There is no place for domestic abuse or violence in our society.”

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael said: “I want to reaffirm my unwavering commitment to tackling domestic abuse which is devastating and often results in a lifetime of adversity for victims, their families and communities.

“Tackling domestic abuse in all its forms has been a key priority in our joint Police & Crime Plan and our Joint Strategy 2019-2024 sets out our clear determination to work with victims and survivors, along with our partners, to prevent it.

“Through the DRIVE programme, we are managing to reduce repeat victimisation by challenging perpetrators and offering them the chance to change, while supporting victims and survivors and their families.”

South Wales Police’s priority is to protect anyone experiencing domestic abuse and violence, and any children you have. If the situation is an emergency an officer will attend and, if proportionate, necessary, and lawful to do so, arrest the perpetrator, and take action to protect you from further harm – giving you time to think.

The Live Fear Free Helpline provide help and advice to anyone experiencing domestic violence or abuse, or anyone, including a friend or family member, who knows someone who needs help.

They can be contacted on 0808 80 10 800, or info@livefearfreehelpline.wales. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To report non-emergency incidents or concerns to South Wales Police:

Live chat: https://www.south-wales.police.uk/
Report online: https://orlo.uk/Z4sGi
Email: swp101@south-wales.police.uk
Call 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For full list of support organisations: https://www.south-wales.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-organisations/

For advice: https://www.south-wales.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/

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