Call to speak out over abuse

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An awareness campaign to reduce domestic violence is being launched by the Derbyshire Constabulary and its partners.

A DVD highlighting how domestic violence can escalate is being distributed to local councils and health services and will be shown in public areas such as GP surgeries and police enquiry offices.

Detective Inspector Hayley Barnett from the force’s Public Protection department said: “It is really important that victims of domestic abuse realise that there is help for them and that the police and other partner agencies are supportive.

“This DVD also appeals to friends and family of victims of this type of crime to speak out and report the abuse.”

Domestic violence accounts for 18 per cent of all violent crime in England and Wales and the level of violence used increases over time.

In Derbyshire there have been three suspected domestic murders in the last year.

DI Barnett added: “Officers who are called to domestic violence incidents are trained to reduce the risk to victims. They will give advice and help victims seek refuge from their abuser if necessary. It is the officer’s responsibility to act immediately.”

The DVD can be viewed at www.derbyshire.police.uk

Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence can ring the police on 101 or the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse free helpline on 0800 198 668 for help or advice.