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Domestic Abuse Christmas Campaign
When home isn’t safe, remember that you can get help.
Northamptonshire Police is launching a month-long domestic abuse Christmas campaign today (Friday, December 18). This is to coincide with an anticipated increase in incidents over the festive period.
Scheduled to run until mid-January, the aim of the campaign is to encourage the reporting of incidents and signpost victims to help and support, while sending out a strong message to offenders - your Christmas gift from us is likely to be a knock on the door from a uniformed officer with a warrant for your arrest.
Officers are currently working through a ‘most wanted’ list of those responsible for high-harm domestic abuse, stalking and harassment.
Chief Constable Nick Adderley has set them the challenge to ensure all these offenders are behind bars before Christmas. He said: “The first of our most wanted domestic abuse offender was arrested yesterday and there will be more to come over the next few days.
“Tackling domestic abuse is a force priority and I have set my officers the task to focus their efforts on protecting people from this terrible crime, which has a devastating impact on victims.
“Our role is about prevention, protection and prosecution - to prevent further violence, to protect the victim, children and other vulnerable people involved and to facilitate the prosecution of offenders.”
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I want to encourage anyone suffering from domestic abuse to call their local police on the non-emergency 101 or, in an emergency, always call 999.”
For help and advice got to: https://www.northants.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/
To access a perpetrator programme, contact Respect – the national association for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services.
If you're a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is and there's an emergency that's ongoing or life is in danger, call 999 now. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS serviceExternal Link.
In non-emergency cases and for general advice, please call 101. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.
You can also call the national 24-hour domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247.
The following links offer guidance and advice.
www.voicenorthants.org - Tel: 0300 303 1965
[email protected] - Tel: 01604 888211
www.ndas.co - Tel: 0300 012 0154
https://eveda.org.uk/contact/ EVE - A domestic abuse service providing women and family refuge, supported programmes and training and consultancy. Tel: 01604 230311.
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Les Conopo (Police, Community Support Officer, Daventry & South Northants)