An awareness campaign to reduce domestic violence is being launched by the Derbyshire Constabulary and its partners.
A DVD highlighting how domestic violence can escalate is being distributed to local councils and health services and will be shown in public areas such as GP’s surgeries and police enquiry offices.
Detective Inspector Hayley Barnett from the force’s public protection department said: “It is really important that victims of domestic abuse realise that there is help for them and that the police and other partner agencies are supportive.
“This DVD also appeals to friends and family of victims of this type of crime to speak out and report the abuse.”
Domestic violence accounts for 18 per cent of all violent crime in England and Wales and the level of violence used against partners and family members increases over time.
In Derbyshire there have been three suspected domestic murders in the last year.
During recent years the Derbyshire Constabulary has improved its standard of investigation and victim care.
Its aim is to take positive action to protect people and save lives. This means making arrests whenever possible.
DI Barnett added: “Officers who are called to domestic violence incidents are trained to reduce the risk to victims. They will give advice and help victims seek refuge from their abuser if necessary. It is the officer’s responsibility to act immediately.”
Sally Goodwin, chair of the Domestic Abuse and Serious Sexual Violence Governance Board, said: “There are specialist support services available for victims of domestic abuse across both the city and county in Derbyshire with professionals committed to helping victims to do what’s right for them in order to stop the cycle of abuse and protect them from harm.”
The DVD can also be seen on the Derbyshire Constabulary website www.derbyshire.police.uk
Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence can ring the police on 101 or the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse free helpline on 0800 198 668 for help or advice.