DORSET Police are cracking down on domestic abuse over the festive period.
Specially-trained officers will be on duty, while high risk victims will receive reassurance visits.
Police will be targeting serial perpetrators of domestic abuse and ensure effective safeguarding measures and put in place for children and vulnerable adults.
Inspector Steve Thorpe of Dorset Police said: “We are determined to support victims in reporting these crimes, and make sure those who inflict abuse are brought to justice. This is a Force priority.
“Along with our own experienced and specially trained officers who investigate these offences, we also work in close partnership with other support agencies who can also offer support, advice and guidance.”
Approximately 700 incidents of domestic abuse are reported to Dorset police every month.
Officers see an increase number of domestic abuse crimes over the festive period.
“If you commit an act of domestic abuse against your partner, expect to be arrested, dealt with robustly and go through the criminal justice system if appropriate” added Inspector Thorpe.
“Domestic abuse offences can attract significant custodial sentences. Alcohol can play a part in domestic abuse. Please ensure you do not become a victim or a perpetrator as the result of excessive drinking.
“Our officers want children and families throughout Dorset to be able to enjoy Christmas free from the fear of domestic abuse. I strongly encourage anybody suffering from this awful crime to report it and seek help.”