Wiltshire Police hosting live domestic abuse surgery on Facebook

Wiltshire Police hosting live domestic abuse surgery on Facebook

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 10:46am 20th May 2020.

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For the first time ever, trained officers will be at the end of a keyboard to directly help anyone concerned about abuse in their household or someone else's.

Wiltshire Police will be holding their domestic abuse surgery on their Facebook page today (Wednesday 20th May) between 1.00 and 3.00pm

Anyone with worries can post a question either publicly or through Messenger, if they'd prefer to keep it private.

Detective Superintendent Ben Mant, Head of Wiltshire Police's Public Protection Department, said:  

"Questions from anyone are welcome, whether you are, or think you may be a victim of domestic abuse or you are worried about a friend, neighbour, family member or colleague and would like some advice, we are here to help you so please send your questions in.

"This is one of the many ways we offer people seeking help, advice or perhaps just some reassurance. 

"Please note that this does not replace the usual reporting channels of calling 999 in an emergency or 101." 

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We can get in contact with Wiltshire Police via Facebook if we have concerns about domestic abuse

DOMESTIC ABUSE RISING DURING COVID-19

Wiltshire Police have said they are concerned that tensions within households might increase during the lockdown period, as families are forced to spend more time together. 

They've been working with Wiltshire Council to remind us that support services are still available to help those who need help. 

Wiltshire's branch of the Relate charity, which offers relationship counselling, has also seen a rise in demand for their services at this time too.

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Many relationships have become more pressured while the lockdown's been in place, as we have to spend more time together

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: 

"I'm really pleased to hear about this new idea. Sadly, the whole topic of domestic abuse never goes away, which is why I support any initiative to not only promote the issues surrounding domestic abuse but also offer people different ways they can get in touch with the police and partners. 

"We live in a modern world where technology like social media can be used for good and this is a wonderful example of that. 

"If you know someone who could benefit from having a chat to us then please let them know." 

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