Domestic abuse is wrong

Domestic abuse is wrong

Published: 21st December 2015

During the Christmas period Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI) are raising awareness about Domestic Abuse.

The campaign, titled ‘Domestic abuse is wrong, pick up the phone and make it stop’ is designed to encourage the reporting of incidents and make victims aware that they can take steps to stop it.

Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP alongside the Local Policing Teams are supporting the campaign through local initiatives across the district. Councillor Sorcha McAnespy, Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP Chair said:

“Sadly incidents of Domestic Abuse can rise over the Christmas period and we want to get the message out there to victims that there is help available.

Very often people who are being abused feel isolated, very vulnerable and frightened and don’t know where to turn. This campaign is encouraging all victims regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality to come forward and report the matter to the police.

We know that police officers deal with a domestic abuse incident every 19 minutes which is a shocking statistic.

We need to continue to work with police and other partner agencies such as Women’s Aid in Fermanagh and Omagh, and reach out to those who still feel unable to take the first steps to get out of what must be a terrifying situation.”

Fully supporting the campaign, Fermanagh and Omagh District Commander Supt. Derek Scott, said:

“All year round, police officers respond to incidents of domestic abuse. When you consider the fact that behind every statistic is a victim who has had to endure abuse and that those victims, both male and female, may have suffered abuse many times before calling the police or contacting other agencies for assistance.

As the Police Service of Northern Ireland, it is our job to keep people safe. We know that domestic abuse is a frightening crime which can affect anyone often leaving them feeling isolated and alone. Please come forward and report the matter to police.

Our role is about prevention, protection and prosecution – to prevent further violence, to protect the victim, children and other vulnerable people and to facilitate the prosecution of offenders.”

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