Police appeal to urge domestic abuse victims to come forward

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Cambridgeshire police are urging victims of domestic abuse to come forward and report incidents.

The force aims to encourage women, men and teenagers to report incidents and receive the support that is available to them.

From December 1, 2013 to January 7, 2014 the force dealt with around 291 domestic incidents, with 82 per cent of victims being women.

A majority of female victims were aged between 18 and 45 and the majority of male victims were aged between 18 and 34.

Detective Inspector Mark Greenhalgh from the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit, said: “It is really important for victims of domestic abuse to come forward and report incidents.

“We will be using all of our communications channels to engage with victims and encourage them to take that first step and seek help.

“At this time of year everyday stresses and strains can be heightened, as families spend extended periods of time together and abuse can be intensified.

“This does not mean that people should hide away and not report the abuse they are suffering.

“We are also sending out a clear message to offenders – there is no excuse for domestic abuse and it is a crime.

“There are a number of organisations available to offer support, as well as the police, we would encourage anyone who is a victim, or knows someone who may be suffering to get in touch.”