On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Eight punches swinging

Eight days into Operation Impact officers are providing extra resources for domestic abuse victims

9 Dec 2015

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me; eight punches swinging...

Eight days into Operation Impact extra resources are being sent out to tackle the expected increase in domestic abuse incidents over the festive period.

On average Humberside Police attend 44 domestic incidents a day, spread equally across the force area. To put this into perspective, on a daily basis 10 per cent of these calls are classed as high priority (where potential death or serious injury is likely), 60 per cent as medium (potential harm is likely to be significant) and 30 per cent are classed as standard (potential risk of harm is low).

Thus, 70 per cent of the time, when a call is made to the police to an ongoing domestic abuse incident, the threat of serious injury or harm is statistically high and officers must respond as a matter of urgency.

From December 12, additional dedicated patrols are on duty dedicated to dealing with domestic abuse incidents, enabling an enhanced response, greater support for victims and more rapid pursuit of high-risk perpetrators.

Detective Inspector Craig Nicholson said: "We know each year there is a significant spike in the amount of people calling the police to report violence in the home over Christmas.

"With the extra calls for service expected, additional staff have been deployed in what are referred to as ‘domestic abuse cars’ and will respond to any domestic abuse incidents.

"By having officers dedicated to these calls we hope to help improve the quality of life of those suffering in abusive environments and reduce the risk of repeat victimisation at the same time."

As part of the activity we will be visiting victims and perpetrators over the Christmas period to ensure offenders are not breaching any protection or restraining orders. We will be checking on previous domestic abuse victims to ensure they are safe and the dedicated rapid response domestic abuse car will be ready to attend any domestic incidents.

Research indicates the busiest time for calls for service for domestic abuse is between 7pm and 3am on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, although reports are routinely received throughout the day and night during the week.

The main aim of the extra Christmas domestic abuse patrols is to provide immediate support and safeguarding to victims and ensure a thorough initial investigation.

This Christmas we will;

  • Conduct safeguarding activity in respect of victims and children.
  • Dispatch a dedicated domestic abuse car to any domestic abuse calls for service
  • Proactively police Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • Send staff to arrest outstanding offenders and continue with arrest attempts
  • Disrupt activity of perpetrators by visting and reminding them of their restrictions to contact the victim.

For more details on domestic abuse please contact any of the following in confidence; Humberside Police on 101, East Riding Domestic Violence Abuse Project (DVAP) on 01482 396330, Hull Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) 01482 318759, or Its My Right Project for North and North East Lincolnshire on 0800 1974787. Alternately speak to your GP or your local Social Services.

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If you suspect a loved one, neighbour, colleague or friend is suffering in silence, you can report your suspicions anonymously to Humberside Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. We will deal with each case thoroughly and sensitively.