Over half of people arrested in Warwickshire over Christmas weekend were suspected of domestic offences - The Rugby Observer

Over half of people arrested in Warwickshire over Christmas weekend were suspected of domestic offences

Rugby Editorial 4th Jan, 2021   0

MORE than half of people arrested in Warwickshire over the Christmas weekend were detained on suspicion of committing domestic offences, the county’s police force has revealed.

Of the 60 people in custody from the evening of Christmas Eve until the morning of December 29, 34 were arrested on suspicion of committing domestic offences including sexual assault, assault, criminal damage, coercive and controlling behaviour, breach of non-molestation orders, threats to kill and theft.

Eight of the suspects were arrested in Stratford district, with five each in Rugby borough and Warwick district.

Ch Insp Zaid Khan from the Warwickshire Police Domestic Abuse Unit said: “Christmas is anything but happy for victims of domestic abuse who often find themselves spending more time at home with their abuser, something that is even more of a problem during the Covid restrictions we are living in.

“Domestic abuse takes many forms including physical, economic, sexual and psychological.

“We are here to help; we have specially trained officers who are here to offer support and protection, and work to bring offenders to justice. Please don’t suffer in silence.

“Officers will make sure you’re dealt with respectfully and spoke to away from the person responsible for the abuse. If you are physically injured we will arrange medical care if necessary.”

Victims of domestic abuse, or anyone who knows someone who is, should call 999 in an emergency or if life is in danger. Call 101 in non-emergency cases and for general advice.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/ychcuhko for more advice.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/y8n46dxe for a list of services available to victims of domestic abuse.

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