Police aim to tackle domestic abuse over the festive season

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Tayside Police and its partners today officially launch Operation Lynchpin, an initiative that runs from now, over the festive season and through January with the aim of tackling domestic abuse in all its forms.

Now in its fifth year, Operation Lynchpin focuses it attentions on the perpetrators of domestic abuse, as well as making sure that the right support is provided to victims of domestic abuse.

The desire to dominate or control a partner is rarely a one-off event, with research continuing to show that individuals are frequently subjected to numerous incidents before seeking help and support, initially from the police and then from other support networks.

Living in an environment of domestic abuse invariably exposes children and other family members to harm. Aside from the physical and emotional danger, youngsters in their tender years of development can be left with the belief that such behaviour is normal and this is something they carry into their adult life.

Operation Lynchpin seeks to break that cycle of abusive behaviour and assist those caught within it. Tayside Police and its partner agencies want to leave victim’s of such behaviour to know that there is a route out of their nightmare.

Anyone reporting an incident can be assured that it will be thoroughly and sensitively investigated and partner agencies are readily available to offer support and assist in dismantling this cycle of behaviour.

Operation Lynchpin 5 runs until January 25, 2013 and is supported by the Violence Against Women Partnerships (in Dundee, Angus, and Perth and Kinross, and partners such as Barnardos, Women’s Aid, Action for Children, Victim Support, the Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling service (RASAC), the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign and the Community Justice Authority, as well as the three local authorities.

Victims of domestic abuse, female and male, can contact the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234 (24 hours) to access support or for referrals to local support providers.

For the perpetrators of domestic abuse, there is also the confidential service offered by the Respect Helpline 0808 802 4040.