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Police launch domestic abuse operation across Preston and South Ribble

Posted on - 3rd February, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News, South Ribble News
Superintendent Steve Rides
Superintendent Steve Rides

Lancashire Police have launched Op Reckoning, a month of action to tackle domestic abuse across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire.

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Domestic abuse isn’t just physical – it can also be emotional, sexual, financial or controlling behaviour, and the abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their identified gender, sexuality or lifestyle

This February, the police will be proactively looking for those suspects who are wanted for domestic abuse investigations, visiting people who are on police bail for domestic abuse offences ensuring they are adhering to their conditions and arresting those that are not. 

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They will also be offering safeguarding advice and support to vulnerable members of the community to promote confidence in reporting Domestic Abuse issues. 

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Superintendent Steve Rides, said: “While domestic abuse is happening, the perpetrators make sure their victims are dependent on them and it’s a cycle of abuse which is difficult to break.

“These people take advantage of the most vulnerable victims and we are committed to identifying, arresting and bringing them to justice, thereby safeguarding those victims of domestic abuse.

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“Building trust and confidence is vital both in terms of how safe our communities feel, and in encouraging victims to seek help and support.”

If you want to report a crime, but you are not in immediate danger, you can call the police on 101 or report online on the Lancashire Constabulary website.

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If you need the police in an emergency, do not be afraid to dial 999 – they will help you and protect you from danger.

If you’re in an abusive relationship and need to talk to someone, when you’re ready, you can call Lancashire Victim Services on 0300 323 0085 or visit the Lancashire Victim Services website.

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