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South Wales Police encourage reports of domestic violence concerns over New Year after increase over last five years

New Year’s Day has been the most reported day for domestic abuse and violence over the last five years, and South Wales Police are encouraging those who need support, or know someone who does, to report their concerns.

Factors that can affect this at this time of year can include increased alcohol intake, additional financial pressures, and increased proximity at home.

The Force are encouraging anyone who has experienced physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse, to inform them.

Superintendent Eve Davis said: “Domestic abuse and violence is devastating and can have significant and long-lasting impacts on all those involved in a number of ways.

“It is vitally important to remember that each set of circumstances is different and we will respond according to the needs of those involved, without judgement.

“Domestic abuse and violence is abhorrent, and it is preventable. We are committed to respond to every call of domestic abuse and violence and provide the best service possible.

“We work closely with our partners to be able to respond in a way that addresses safeguarding as a priority. I would encourage victims, perpetrators and others affected by domestic abuse and violence to step forward and report this to us.

“Informing us of any concerns will allows us to help, support and respond in the most appropriate way and additionally we can put you in touch with support organisations that will understand your specific needs.”

South Wales Police’s priority is to protect anyone experiencing domestic abuse and violence, and any children you have. If the situation is an emergency an officer will attend and, if proportionate, necessary, and lawful to do so, arrest the perpetrator, and take action to protect you from further harm – giving you time to think.

The Live Fear Free Helpline provide help and advice to anyone experiencing domestic violence or abuse, or anyone, including a friend or family member, who knows someone who needs help.

They can be contacted on 0808 80 10 800, or info@livefearfreehelpline.wales. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To report non-emergency incidents or concerns to South Wales Police:

Live chat: https://www.south-wales.police.uk/ 
Report online: https://orlo.uk/Z4sGi 
Email: swp101@south-wales.police.uk
Call 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For full list of support organisations: https://www.south-wales.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-organisations/

For advice: https://www.south-wales.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/

Posted on Tuesday 3rd January 2023