Domestic violence up over Christmas

BOXING Day and New Year’s Day were peak days for incidents of domestic violence in the county, according to police figures.

There was a total of 603 incident calls in Sussex, up from 578 for the same period last year, resulting in 202 being recorded as crimes of various kinds ranging from assault to harrassment. The incident call numbers ranged from 37 per day to 89 on New Years Day. December 26 was next highest with 64.

Sussex Police dedicated Operation Cranberry patrols to respond to reports of domestic abuse over the Christmas and New Year period, with officers equipped with body-worn video cameras to help secure vital evidence.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Dugan from the force’s protecting vulnerable people team said: “This was the third year that we operated these force-wide patrols, anticipating that certain days would be particularly busy with calls for help, and again we were sadly proved correct.

“Throughout the rest of the year we receive an average of 30 or so such calls.

“The increase over the holiday period is often down to higher alcohol consumption, combined with families spending more time than usual with each other. Relationships which are potentially abusive may come to a head at this time.”

In East Sussex anyone seeking advice can call the CRI Domestic Abuse Service on 01424 716629.

Further detailed information and advice is also available via the Sussex Police website at www.sussex.police.uk/domestic-abuse.