For the first time the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is appealing to the public to give information they may have about domestic violence abuse of a loved one, colleague or neighbour. Domestic Violence accounts for a 35% of all murders.
Detective Inspector Mark Rolfe, from the public protection unit at Avon and Somerset Police, said: “Domestic violence can involve threats, violence or abuse and can happen between partners, within families or shared homes, and affects men and women in both straight and gay relationships.”
“It takes many forms including physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse and can result in victims being totally cut off from family and friends. If you know a victim of domestic abuse, it is important that you tell someone. Often people are reluctant to report an abusive partner for a variety of reasons and can even start to think they themselves are to blame.” he continued.
Due to changes in the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, victims now have increased protection available to them. Third party information can now play a more prominent role in building a prosecution case around domestic violence, due to changes in legislation.
This has meant that Crimestoppers can now play a more active role in asking for information from third parties, as there is no risk to the anonymity of the caller and their information can play an important role in getting offenders prosecuted.
Gordon Chisholm from Crimestoppers South West said: “Domestic violence is one of the most harrowing crimes; for someone to be physically and mentally abused by someone they love and trust is hard for most people to imagine. These perpetrators must be bought to justice so if you know anyone being abused or that is doing the abusing, please call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 to pass on information you may have.”