Posted on 21st December 2018
Our officers in the High Peak are running an operation over the Christmas period which will focus on domestic abuse and alcohol fuelled violence.
The operation will run from today until the New Year and will see extra resources put in place to provide additional response to reports of domestic abuse, and patrols to target town centres during the busier Christmas party season.
It has been launched with the aim of helping to prevent, detect, protect and reduce incidents of domestic abuse, which can sometimes increase at this time of year.
As part of the initiative, officers from our Safer Neighbourhood policing teams have also been to visit pubs and clubs in the area to encourage them to display posters promoting domestic abuse support services.
We are also encouraging people in the High Peak, and across Derbyshire, to download the free personal safety app, HollieGuard, to their smart phones to help them feel safe in vulnerable situations.
The HollieGuard app can track a person’s location, and if they feel unsafe they can shake their phone to warn their contacts that they might be in danger. It will then record both audio and visual footage of what is happening, and if the phone is shaken again, a flashing light and high pitched alarm will sound.
Insp. Nick Reason who is in charge of policing in the High Peak said: “We would like to raise awareness of domestic abuse at a significant time of the year. We will have officers on the streets and will be available to respond to reports of domestic abuse amongst other crimes, including alcohol fuelled violence.
“Officers will provide extra support in order to ensure our communities remain safe over the festive period.”
To get help in an emergency, always dial 999. If you wish to report an incident to the police and it's not an emergency situation, phone 101.
You can also contact the 24/7 Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08000 198 668. The National Domestic Violence Helpline can also be contacted on 0808 2000 247. This is run in partnership with Refuge and Women's Aid and is available 24 hours a day.
There is also more information on the National Domestic Violence Helpline's website http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/