Even though it’s Valen­tine’s Day, abuse still hap­pens ...but we are go­ing af­ter the bul­lies

Po­lice chief vows to pro­tect and sup­port vic­tims

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - David Camp­bell

Ren­frews h i re’s top do­mes­tic abuse cop has warned of­fend­ers there is no place to hide this Valen­tine’s Day.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Tom Carty in­sists his team of spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers and their part­ners will do ev­ery­thing they can to pro­tect and sup­port vic­tims from abusers.

Speak­ing at the launch of Po­lice Scot­land’s Ready When You Are cam­paign, aimed at those suf­fer­ing do­mes­tic abuse, he says Valen­tine’s Day is about spend­ing time with the peo­ple we love, but for some, it can an­other day of suf­fer­ing.

He said: “To­day is a day that many cou­ples will be demon­strat­ing their com­mit­ment to one an­other but sadly, many peo­ple will be suf­fer­ing through an­other day of do­mes­tic abuse.

“And that is un­ac­cept­able.”

The cam­paign, which aims to dis­pel some of the myths around the way do­mes­tic abuse is treated by the po­lice and other agen­cies, kicks off on­line to­day.

DI Carty said: “We want to pro­mote the mes­sage that were are here for you, when­ever you are ready. There are mis­con­cep­tions around the statute of lim­i­ta­tions for re­port­ing do­mes­tic. We want to give you the mes­sage that, it may have been ten years ago or ten min­utes ago, you can still re­port it to us.

“And if you don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to re­port it but would just like some ad­vice then that is fine too. We can give you in­for­ma­tion about stay­ing safe and we can also point you in the di­rec­tion of our part­ner agen­cies who can help you.

“We work closely with Women’s Aid, Women and Chil­dren First, Barnardo’s, Mind Mo­saic and AS­SIST who we can sign post you to.”

The ded­i­cated Do­mes­tic Abuse Unit works with a range of agen­cies to help tackle the scourge of do­mes­tic abuse.

“It is about giv­ing peo­ple the con­fi­dence to come for­ward to speak to ei­ther our­selves or to one of our part­ners.

“You might not be strong enough or in a feel like you are in a po­si­tion to come for­ward now but my mes­sage is we will be here when you,” added DI Carty

A video will be re­leased to­day on Po­lice Scot­land’s Face­book and twit­ter feeds, ex­plain­ing the ser­vices and sup­port avail­able to vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse.

DI Carty added: “We work with a num­ber of agen­cies across the re­gion. It is re­ally the only way to tackle do­mes­tic abuse, us­ing a col­lec­tive ap­proach and this cam­paign high­lights how im­por­tant that ap­proach is.”

Pledge DI Tom Carty says abusers will be caught

Ready when you are Pic­tured (back) are DC Gil­lian Cooper, Mar­i­anne Os­bourne of Women’s Aid, Gwyneth Mac­Don­ald from Mind Mo­saic In­ver­clyde, Louise Moore of Women and Chil­dren First and (front) Louise Docherty of As­sist and Ni­cola Mitchell from Barnardo’s

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