POLICE HAVE CHARGED a total of 28 people over domestic abuse incidents over a single weekend throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray.
These were the results of 31 reported incidents between Friday and Monday – with the 28 now facing charges and expected to appear in court.
Following the arrests Detective Inspector Neil Campbell said: “Sadly at this time of the year we tend to see a rise in the number of reported incidents of domestic abuse. Unfortunately, we have seen a number of people charged and more often than not we are seeing alcohol as a feature.
“Christmas should be a time for celebrating with families, but it can also be a time when there can be pressure on relationships because of financial issues, increased tensions and the tendency to consume more alcohol than usual.
“Our advice is to drink sensibly, pace yourself and think about the consequences of your actions. Help and support is available to those affected by domestic abuse both victims and perpetrators.”
Superintendent Kate Stephen added that domestic abuse throughout the region would not be tolerated, adding: “We are committed to providing a robust response and where we find evidence of crime, we will take appropriate action to protect victims and deal with perpetrators.”
People who suspect a relative, friend, neighbour or work colleague is being abused is being asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Those seeking support can also call Moray Women’s Aid on 01343 548549.