Police to visit homes in domestic violence crackdown

Nelson police station
Nelson police station

VIOLENT partners and family members are being warned as part of a crackdown on domestic violence in East Lancashire.

The initiative, led by Community Safety Partnerships across Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, will focus on preventing alcohol-fuelled assaults while raising awareness of the support available for victims.

Police will be visiting households where domestic violence has been previously reported to reassure victims help is available. Officers will be sharing information and working in conjunction with staff from social services, councils, local domestic abuse services and health agencies, including drug and alcohol groups, to offer support. Officers will also be visiting known domestic violence offenders to warn them they are being watched.

Hundreds of flyers, which explain the different forms of domestic abuse, will be handed out to raise awareness of the support available while encouraging victims to come forward. The leaflets will highlight the help available to people suffering from domestic violence.

Det. Insp. Derry Crorken from Pennine Division’s Public Protection Unit said: “Excessive alcohol consumption is often linked to domestic abuse and a key focus of this operation will be to visit offenders to warn them about the consequences of their behaviour. We will also be raising awareness of the help available to victims so they are given the best possible chance to escape a life of violence.

“Domestic abuse is not acceptable and I want to reassure the public we will do everything we can to bring offenders to account for their actions.”

Anyone who feels they need to talk to someone about their situation can call the police on 0845 1 25 35 45, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative on 726000.