Domestic abuse victims urged to come forward

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Police has launched a campaign encouraging victims of domestic abuse to come forward.

The force’s dedicated domestic abuse unit is committed to supporting victims and is encouraging people to report their abuse and take the first steps to getting safe.

It is headed by Insp Andy Glenn and comprises both police officers and police staff, who deal with all types of domestic abuse cases.

Insp Glenn said: “We take incidents of domestic abuse extremely seriously and offer as much assistance to victims as possible, whether that be helping them seek refuge, make a criminal complaint or find support from a partner organisation.”

“Our primary aim in any domestic abuse case is to make sure that the victim is safe. Once that has happened we can work with them to see if a criminal case can be pursued and bring the offender to justice.

“Our specialist police officers focus on those cases where there is a high risk of harm to victim.

“However we recognise that abuse isn’t only about serious violence or sexual abuse and can also take the form of harassment, manipulation, financial or psychological abuse. That’s where our domestic abuse advisors play an important role.”

There is a range of support available and anyone concerned about domestic abuse can find more information at www.northants.police.uk/staysafe.

To report a crime or incident call police on 101 or in an emergency call 999.