Police forces and charities across the UK are urging locals to be on the alert for signs of domestic abuse – particularly over the festive season.
Whilst domestic abuse occurs all year round, at Christmas time financial pressures, alcohol consumption and family issues can put additional strain on relationships.
The West Mercia Police (who police the counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) are being particularly vigilant, and as part of their Operation Christmas presence campaign are ready to deal robustly with anyone committing offences.
Chief Inspector Amanda Blakeman said: “Even the healthiest relationship can suffer stress and strain over Christmas, with all the commitments in relation to family and friends and the need to provide for family. It is also a recognised fact that alcohol plays a part in many incidents.
“As a result, police often see a rise in the number of domestic abuse incidents reported over the festive season due to this increase in…