A campaign to highlight domestic abuse has been launched by Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire County Council.
The two organisations are working together to offer domestic abuse victims the support they need and to raise awareness of the problem.
Called the 12 days of Christmas, the campaign, which launched last Friday, highlights the fact that victims can experience all types of abuse, including physical, financial and psychological.
Posters encouraging people to ring the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline or Derbyshire police, are going on display across the county as part of the campaign. They will be put in places including pubs, bars and doctors surgeries.
Inspector Andrea Parkin, City Partnership Liaison Officer, said: “The Christmas period is a time for the family, with the focus on giving and sharing, however in some families Christmas is a time of fear and violence.
“We are hoping to raise the profile of domestic abuse and encourage victims to get help. If they don’t want to contact the police they can ring the helpline for advice.”
In December 2012, there were 1,563 domestic violence incidents recorded in Derbyshire - a 5.8 per cent increase on December 2011 and a 2.7 per cent increase compared to an average month.
The police and county council will be tweeting advice and safety information daily in the run-up to Christmas, highlighting the help available in the county for victims.
The Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline, which is available 24/7, can be contacted on 08000 198 668.