Derbyshire Dales police offer second online surgery for abuse victims

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POLICE and partnership agencies in the Derbyshire Dales are joining forces to offer a second online surgery for victims of domestic abuse.

Specially trained officers from the police, North Derbyshire Women’s Aid and Derbyshire Support and Advice for Men (DSAM) are holding a virtual forum on Thursday, January 12.

Inspector Bryan Hall said: “We held our the first online surgery as part of the operation back in November and had more than 30 people come to the site. Seventeen of those people actively spoke to the officers.

“Sometimes people can find it difficult to talk face-to-face about their concerns so we hope this virtual surgery will encourage victims not to suffer in silence and that more people will come forward and discuss domestic abuse.”

The aim is to provide victims of abuse or anyone concerned that friends or family could be involved in abuse a chance to come forward in confidence.

The online surgery will run between 10am and 3pm and people can access the chat by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk and following the links from the homepage.

People can log on anonymously and chat about issues surrounding domestic abuse or send private messages to officers.

Anyone who is suffering domestic abuse or violence, or has any information about incidents, can also contact Derbyshire police by calling 101 except in an emergency when the number to dial is always 999.