Domestic violence crackdown

POLICE are cracking down on alcohol-related domestic violence.Officers in east Suffolk are continuing with Operation Nightsafe, but will now be highlighting the links between drinking too much alcohol and domestic violence.

POLICE are cracking down on alcohol-related domestic violence.

Officers in east Suffolk are continuing with Operation Nightsafe, but will now be highlighting the links between drinking too much alcohol and domestic violence.

With Valentine's Day just weeks away, a poster asking What would you like for Valentine's Day? will be displayed at licensed venues in the area.

The poster lists threats, assaults, emotional abuse and humiliation as the options available, as well as giving contact details for confidential information and advice.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Aves said: “There is an acknowledged link between alcohol and many domestic violence situations and we particularly saw this over the Christmas and New Year period.

“We will be working hard, though our Nightsafe campaign, to tackle this issue.

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“Alcohol consumption is no excuse for violent conduct towards a partner and we will take positive action to stop this abusive behaviour.”

Detective Inspector Kerry Pauling, of the North East Suffolk Victim Care Centre, said: “To the offenders we would say, wherever possible, we will arrest you to ensure the safety of your victim and any children that may be involved.

“We can now prosecute even if the victim you have beaten and bullied is reluctant to give a statement.”