Christmas crackdown on domestic abuse begins

A nationwide police crackdown on domestic abuse is now underway.

The two month seasonal blitz, which is being carried out as part of the VRU's Anti-Violence Campaign, will run from 1 December – 31 January and aims to reduce levels of domestic abuse across Scotland.

Officers will tackle the problem through a combination of robust enforcement techniques and partnership work.

The phase follows a pledge by Steve House, the new Chief Constable of Scotland, to be “relentless” in tackling domestic abuse as police forces across the country move forward to become one force in April next year.

Chief Inspector Graham Goulden, who leads the Anti-Violence Campaign for the VRU, said:

“Forces across Scotland have carried out some fantastic work over the past few years to tackle domestic abuse, and their commitment to continuing this work, as stated by the Chief Constable of Scotland, is strong. They have been supported in this by partners like Scottish Women’s Aid, Assist, White Ribbon Scotland and many others. Together, they have built a powerful united front against this most heinous of crimes, demonstrating clearly that domestic abuse will not be tolerated in 21st century Scotland and that those who commit it will be dealt with.

“But while police and partners can and will play their part, we must remember that domestic abuse is everyone’s problem. If we really want to make a difference to levels of domestic abuse, we need to look at our attitudes towards relationships and what we see as acceptable.”

Find out more about the Anti-Violence Campaign