Fall in domestic abuse figures will only increase police efforts

Domestic abuse crimes in Aberdeenshire and Moray have fallen by almost a quarter in the last year – but police warn that will not lessen their efforts in the fight against such offences.

The head of the domestic investigations unit, which consists of specialist officers based in Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh and Ellon, has welcomed figures that show in the year to December 23 there was 1301 incidents of domestic abuse – a fall from 1714 in 2013.

Detective Inspector Fiona Topping said: “We find the number of domestic incidents reported to us increases at this time of year, and that can be for a number of reasons – alcohol, financial problems and family and social gatherings.

“Domestic abuse is not acceptable at any time of the year – but at this time of the year we understand there are additional pressures and will deal with all reports of domestic abuse robustly.

“You are not alone, support is available and we will do something about it. If you abuse your partner we will find out about it – there is no hiding place.”

DI Topping reported that people in the age group from 41 to 51 were the worst culprits with those in the 26-35 close behind.

She added: “We would encourage family, friends and neighbours to report any concerns they may have about persons they feel are being subjected to domestic abuse.”

Anyone who has any concerns about domestic abuse is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.

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