PCC Urges People Not to Suffer in Silence this Christmas
Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall urges people experiencing domestic and sexual abuse to come forward as specialist support services are available and can be accessed directly, as well as through the Police, over the Christmas period.
Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall comments: “We know that over the Christmas period, incidents of domestic abuse and sexual assault increase, and when you add this to Tier 2 Covid19 restrictions, it is not suprising that many people living with their abusers, will be even more concerned over the Christmas period.
“Over the last 9 months, the Covid19 national lockdowns, circuit breaker shutdowns and tier 2 public restrictions have left people not knowing what to expect. However, no one should feel that they are alone and have to suffer in silence. Help is out there, and support services can be accessed 24/7, over Christmas and the New Year period.
“I sincerely hope that victims of abuse understand they need not have a reluctance to report during these uncertain times and must not be concerned that by accessing support services, they are breaching restrictions and will get into trouble with the police or be fined.
“It is understandable that victims may think that Tier 2 guidelines make it harder for them to escape to safety. However, this is not the case and restrictions do not apply if you are being abused.
“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage any victim of domestic or sexual abuse to report it to police. We understand it is difficult, but the police are here to help. Your report will be taken seriously and appropriately investigated and we will work hard to bring offenders to justice.”