Importance of reporting domestic incidents as festive season approaches

Northern Constabulary and multi-agency partners recently highlighted the importance of collaborative working in a bid to reduce domestic abuse across the Highlands and Islands.

The Force regards domestic abuse as a priority. One part of the Force’s strategy in addressing domestic violence has been to review domestic abuse incidents involving repeat offenders, which involves careful monitoring of all reports which arise from incidents of alleged domestic abuse.

Police work closely with a number of partners to look at ways of reducing domestic abuse incidents across the Highlands and Islands, including Highland Council Health and Social Care, NHS Highland, Victim Support, Women’s Aid groups, Violence Against Women groups and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

The main aims of this awareness raising campaign are to raise awareness of domestic abuse across the Highlands and Islands, establish effective practices and partnerships in protecting victims from abuse and to tackle the high number of repeat domestic abuse offenders.

Inspector Eddie Ross of the Force’s Public Protection Unit was joined at the launch at Police HQ in Inverness yesterday by representatives from Highland Council, NHS Highland, Inverness Women’s Aid and Ross-shire Women’s Aid.

Inspector Ross said: “Working closely with our partners is critical as Domestic Abuse not only affects adults but children as well. Children should not be subjected to any form of violence or abuse, nor should they ever have to witness it within their own home.”

He added: “Domestic Abuse is a priority and any abuser will be dealt with robustly and face the consequences of their actions and the full effect of the law. We will also target repeat offenders in order to protect victims.”