Over 100 charged as part of crackdown

More than 100 people have been charged after police launched a crackdown on domestic abuse across the North-east over the festive period.

The national campaign, which ran from Tuesday, December 24 until Sunday, January 5, aimed to deter any perpetrators of domestic abuse through bail and curfew checks, and apprehension warrants.

A team of dedicated officers carried out additional patrols throughout communities, as they looked to encourage victims of domestic abuse to speak out and not suffer in silence.

In Aberdeen City Division, 51 people were reported in relation to domestic abuse offences, including assault and breach of the peace.

Detective Inspector Darren Bruce said: “This campaign has been a platform for Aberdeen City Division to continue targeting domestic abuse.

“We have a strong, sustained approach but running a campaign at this time of year means everyone takes notice.

“The results of this operation demonstrate our commitment to tackling domestic abuse and our commitment to keeping people safe.

“This means that at least 51 victims and their families were helped by us over the festive period, where instances of abuse can become more common.

“The public have played their part in this success and I am very grateful to those who have called us concerned for a friend or family member.

“We continue to make every effort to gather evidence in all cases of domestic abuse, and caution and charge an offender in over 80 per cent of cases.

“In each and every reported incident, we also work with the victim to ensure their safety and would like to again encourage victims to come forward and to know that there are support systems in place for them.”

In Aberdeenshire and Moray Division, 55 people were apprehended and charged in connection with a number of offences, including breach of bail and threatening and abusive behaviour.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Rigg said: “We are committed to tackling the issue of domestic abuse in our communities and want victims of abuse to know that Police Scotland will continue to work to keep them safe.

“The positive results gained from this operation will have a significant impact on the lives of the victims, both directly and indirectly.

“We are aware of the difficulties victims face in coming forward but I would encourage them to find the strength to reach out and I assure them they will continue to be heard and supported.

“Support agencies work closely with us and we see on a daily basis the benefit that their abilities can give to the victims, their families and the wider community who is affected by this type of crime.”

Anybody who has any concerns about domestic abuse is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.