A SAFE and enjoyable time is Staffordshire Police’s priority in the run-up to the festive period.
A campaign addressing alcohol-related violence will be launched across the county and will promote two key messages.
As part of the force’s on-going Operation Safer Nights, posters will be displayed encouraging night-time revellers not to get too drunk and commit alcohol related violence.
The aim of Season’s Beatings is to challenge perpetrators of domestic abuse and encourage victims to report abuse.
Drinking too much alcohol can be a catalyst for some incidents of violence and domestic abuse.
Messages for alcohol related violence include posters with a mirrored image showing someone before and after drinking with the strap line ‘are you pretty, stylish, confident….and out of control after a glass or two? and, ‘are you fun, cheeky, up for a laugh….and in someone’s face after a few pints?
Messages for domestic abuse include: ‘are you the BIG MAN, the provider, the daddy….and the one your partner’s afraid of? and, ‘are you loving, caring, always there….and scared of what they will do next?
Revellers who feel they have a problem with their drinking will be encouraged to contact Adsis on 0844 561 7079.
Staffordshire Police treats violent incidents and domestic abuse very seriously and always strives to offer safeguarding measures for victims and prosecute offenders.
Chief Superintendent Juliet Prince, Head of Local Policing North, said: “We work with town centre establishments to keep the town centre a safe and pleasurable place to be.
“Our licensing teams work closely with venues to ensure they are operating lawfully and any licence conditions imposed are adhered to.
“Officers will patrol town centres to offer reassurance and deal with any trouble makers.”
Revellers going into town centres who have already drunk too much may be stopped by police and under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2001 will be a given direction to leave the locality.
This could be for a minimum of 12 hours or longer. If they return within that time they will be arrested and liable to prosecution.
Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse, whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional, between people aged 16 years and over, who are or have been intimate partners regardless of gender or sexuality.
Chief Superintendent Prince added: “Officers will attend incidents of domestic abuse and take positive action by gathering evidence and taking the necessary action to keep the victim safe.
“They’ll keep contact with the victim, keep them updated on the investigation and review on-going support.
“Alcohol-related violence is completely unacceptable at any time of the year and tackling this issue is a top priority for police and local councils.”
Anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse is encouraged to report it to the police.
There are many organisations who offer help and advice for victims and perpetrators.
Contact details can be found on the force’s website www.staffordshire.police.uk/itsneverok.