Lincolnshire Police have launched Operation NOVA in a bid to curb domestic abuse, at Christmas time when incidents are usually in the increase.
The Home Office has recognised this and are working with Women’s Aid and Refuge to encourage victims of domestic abuse to seek help and support over the Christmas and New Year period and to encourage people to look out for signs of abuse in family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Under Operation NOVA, two posters have been distributed to encourage such reporting over this period. The first aimed at encouraging reporting and the impact on children who witness domestic abuse. The second aims at perpetrators and the concern over alcohol consumption encouraging them to seek help for their behaviour.
Head of Lincolnshire Police’s Public Protection Unit, Superintendent Rick Hatton said: “Lincolnshire Police, working in partnership, is determined to create safer communities by preventing violent crime and alcohol-related disorder across the county throughout the Christmas period and into the New Year. Operation NOVA says NO to Violence and Abuse.
“The message is clear; violence of any kind will not be tolerated. We work to prevent violence, support victims, gather evidence and secure convictions.”
Domestic abuse includes physical, psychological, emotional, financial and sexual abuse. Victims of domestic abuse can find out more about support available by visiting the Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse website: www.domesticabuselincolnshire.com
There is also an opportunity on that website for survivors of domestic abuse to help other victims by telling us what we are doing well and how we can improve our services. Go to the website and click on have your say - it is completely anonymous.
Always dial 999 in an emergency.