Police step up the fight against domestic abuse in Moray

POLICE HAVE STEPPED up their efforts against domestic abuse in Moray with a day of action last week that saw 29 officers tracing and dealing with outstanding offenders.

The operation on Friday, May 29 resulted in evidence being gathered for domestic abuse cases across the Aberdeenshire and Moray division, with four men arrested and subsequently dealt with by the Court.

Detective Inspector Topping, who is responsible for the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit (DAIU) in Aberdeenshire and Moray Division, said: “Domestic Abuse affects many people across the Division and incidents continue to be reported to Police on a daily basis.

“These enquiries are sensitive and very often complex, involving detailed enquiry to ensure that there is sufficient evidence to report perpetrators to COPFS.

“This operation included both dedicated and specialist trained officers working alongside partner support agencies and served to progress many of these outstanding enquiries and trace perpetrators.

“A total of 11 cases were reviewed and progressed as a result of this operation, as well as 13 Warrant enquiries and 11 Bail checks.

“We visited victims and witnesses and in one case, through close partnership working, we put a victim in immediate contact with a member of Grampian Women’s Aid, so that suitable guidance and support could be provided.  I am pleased that this operation provided positive results.

“The message from Police Scotland is clear that domestic abuse is not acceptable and we take reports of such crimes very seriously. Help is available to those who are suffering and we continue to work alongside partner agencies to ensure that victims receive the help and support they need.”

DI Topping reassured communities that Police Scotland would deal with incidents of domestic abuse “robustly”.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse or if you are a family member, friend, neighbour or work colleague of someone who you suspect is being abused, please speak out and report your concerns to Police Scotland. Anybody who has any concerns about, or wishes to report, domestic abuse is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.

Victims of domestic abuse can contact The Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline which is available 24/7 on 0800 027 1234, providing support by means of a compassionate, non-judgemental telephone service.