We are taking a stand against domestic abuse during the campaign, which runs from Monday (25 November), the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Human Rights Day on 10 December.
The campaign’s aim is to raise awareness of domestic abuse, and to encourage people to come forward, or for others to report any concerning behaviour, and give victims the chance they need to end the cycle of abuse.
Together with our partners in the county’s local authorities, charities and voluntary organisations, we are working to investigate crime, and provide support to victims and their families, enabling them to live free from fear.
Domestic abuse can be described as any incident, or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over, who are, or have been, intimate partners, or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.
This can involve psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse and is largely a hidden crime, but abusers will continue to exercise control and exert fear in public.
It is important we all take action against controlling, threatening or violent behaviour and help give victims a voice.
We are also asking perpetrators to think about their actions, to understand the impact they have, and know that help is also available for them.
Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Dadd, force lead for domestic abuse, said: “Speaking out and providing us with information could be someone’s lifeline.
“We know how hard it is for victims, or even abusers, to open up about what is happening, and often other people won’t report their concerns to us, as they don’t want to interfere in other people’s lives, or appear to be prying in other people’s business.
“We understand you may not feel comfortable divulging this, but alerting us to abusive behaviour can help someone suffering in an unhealthy relationship, and get them the support they need, possibly before a situation escalates.
“This could be a family member, friend or neighbour, or a work colleague, or customer at your workplace. You are our eyes and ears, please don’t keep your concerns to yourself. Chances are if something doesn’t feel right it isn’t.”
Abuse in any form isn’t acceptable. If you have concerns about a person’s behaviour towards another, or you fear for someone’s safety please get in touch.
Call us on 101, always call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To find out more information and advice about domestic abuse please visit our information pages.