Northumbria Police are urging victims of domestic abuse to come forward to police or a support agency.
As part of the “Are you walking on egg shells” campaign, officers are encouraging those suffering domestic abuse to start the New Year by making a fresh start.
“We work very closely with other agencies and our partners raising awareness of all forms of domestic abuse and linking in with them to help provide victims with a wide range of support,” said Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert.
Temporary ACC Calvert wants to assure victims that help is available.
He said: “The festive period can be a very difficult time for those suffering abuse. Quite often abuse and violence can escalate over this time.
“We are here to investigate and support all cases of domestic abuse and want victims to feel reassured that we can help change their lives – in some cases, save their lives.
“We know abuse happens in every part of our communities regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth and geography. It’s simply unacceptable and we will take action against these offenders.”
Independent and confidential advice is also available to victims by calling the helpline on 0800 066 5555.
Anyone with any concerns can contact police on 101. Call 999 in emergency. #####