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Successful operation to target domestic abuse

A dedicated operation to tackle domestic abuse in Dorset over the Christmas and New Year period was a success and will be repeated during the FIFA World Cup in the summer and again over the festive period.

A total of 105 high-risk victims of domestic violence were identified in Dorset as requiring home visits under Operation Maple – which ran throughout December 2013.

During the Christmas and New Year period Dorset Police reported a decrease in domestic abuse incidents of 5 per cent compared to the same time the previous year.

In all 73 victims were visited and spoken to. A further 29 people were visited and were either not seen or did not reply. Three were not visited. No arrests were made.

Inspector Steve Thorpe said: “The majority of people we spoke to in person were supportive of what we were trying to achieve and were grateful for our visit.

“We also collected a good deal of information and received reports of further crimes.

“Dorset Police has seen a rise in the number of reported cases of domestic abuse in recent years and I believe this is largely due to victims willing to report it to the police and take action against the perpetrator.

“We have taken a number of steps to help support victims in reporting these crimes and we work in close partnership with other support agencies. We have a dedicated team of specially trained and experienced officers and police staff to respond to and investigate domestic abuse and to provide the best possible support and protection to victims and their families.

“I would urge anyone suffering domestic abuse to come forward and report it so that action can be taken to keep them safe.

“I would also warn anyone committing an act of domestic abuse – you will be arrested and dealt with robustly. Domestic abuse offences can attract significant custodial sentences.

“In the future we intend to inform victims of domestic violence that they can expect a welfare visit from a police officer as part of Operation Maple.

“It is our intention that Operation Maple visits will be carried out during the FIFA World Cup in June and July and again over the Christmas and New Year period.”

For more information on support services available throughout Dorset visit http://www.dorsetforyou.com/dvahelp

Contact Tel Numbers:

Dorset Police (In an emergency always dial 999) 101                                         


National Support for Victims:

National DV Helpline (24 hour) - 0808 2000247

National Men’s Advice Line (for male victims) - 0808 8010327


Local Support for victims:

Bournemouth Outreach Service - 01202 547641

Bournemouth 24 hour helpline - 01202 547755           

Poole Outreach Service - 01202 710777

Poole 24 hour helpline - 01202 748488

You First (Dorset County Outreach) - 0800 0325204

West Dorset Women’s Refuge - 01305 262444.

Childline (for children) - 0800 1111


Issued: 23 January 2014