PSNI in Antrim and Newtownabbey have joined with partners Women’s Aid ABCLN to deliver their Christmas message in relation to stopping domestic abuse.
Speaking at Women’s Aid ABCLN’s Antrim office, Inspector Emma Spence from the Neighbourhood Policing Team said “This time of year can be difficult for many people and in the past we have seen an increase in the number of domestic abuse incidents over the Christmas period.”
“As part of ‘Op Season’s Greetings’ we want all victims to know that we are here. Domestic abuse can include psychological and emotional abuse, physical violence, sexual abuse, financial abuse, isolation and control.”
“The aim of the campaign is to encourage the reporting of incidents and make victims aware they can take steps to stop it.”
“If you are experiencing domestic abuse or any other type of abuse or intimidation, or are concerned for someone who is, you can report it to us by calling 101 or, in an emergency, call 999.”
Vulnerability Inspector, Neil Patton said “Calling ‘999’ for help, but too afraid to speak? Dial 55 on your mobile phone when calling in an emergency and the operator will know that you need to be put through to police.”
Women’s Aid ABCLN provides confidential support, information and emergency accommodation for women and children who are affected by domestic abuse across Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey.
If you are affected by domestic abuse this Christmas you can call Women’s Aid ABCLN on 028 25 632136 or in an emergency dial 999.