Yesterday (November 25) marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, as well as White Ribbon Day, which calls to end male violence against women and girls.
Running from White Ribbon Day until Human Rights Day on December 10, Cambridgeshire police force has stated that it will be actively supporting the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence by raising awareness of the devastating impact of domestic abuse and the support available to those who are suffering or concerned about a loved one.
As well as encouraging people to report crimes, a key aim of the police's campaign will be to warn offenders that domestic abuse is not acceptable and that the police and partner agencies will work tirelessly around the clock to bring offenders to justice.
Between April and October this year, the force recorded 7,336 domestic abuse crimes, a 2% increase compared to the same time last year, reflecting a year-on-year increase in reports over the past five years.
Detective Superintendent John Massey, head of Protecting Vulnerable People, said: "There are people out there experiencing abuse who are feeling vulnerable and afraid and this is not acceptable.
"Domestic abuse is against the law and we are absolutely committed to bringing all criminals to justice while providing people experiencing abuse with the help and support they deserve."
“Offenders often think they can get away with abuse behind closed doors and without consequences and we want that to stop. We want to ensure there is no hiding place for those who cause misery and suffering to those they claim to love and we will pursue offenders to the fullest extent. We will also engage offenders in programmes to prevent reoffending.”
Throughout the campaign, the force will be highlighting on social media some of the signs to look out for and all of the discreet ways of reaching out.
Members of the public will be urged to report concerns and talk openly to loved ones to encourage them to get help.
Det Supt Massey added: “We will be reminding people experiencing abuse that you do not have to suffer in silence.
"There is no excuse for abuse and we, alongside other dedicated partner agencies, are here to keep you safe and support you along the way. There are a number of specialist police teams who put the needs of domestic abuse sufferers at the forefront of everything they do.”
The police website also provides information and advice on how to stay safe, how to spot the signs of abuse, who to contact for support, how to get legal assistance and how to report crimes and can be accessed by clicking here.