Figures suggest 20% fall in domestic abuse in Tayside over Christmas

Domestic abuse campaign Tayside Police said 256 domestic incidents were recorded over the Christmas and New Year period

Reports of domestic violence in the Tayside area over the Christmas period fell by about 20%, figures suggest.

Operation Lynchpin, which ran from 21 December 2012 until 2 January 2013, sought to give support to victims of domestic abuse and target perpetrators.

Over the festive period, the force said 256 domestic incidents were recorded compared with 319 over the same period last year.

It is the fifth year the campaign has been carried out.

Tayside Police said since the launch of the operation, dedicated officers had been involved in a number of high risk cases resulting in arrests and charges.

The campaign was conducted with support from the Violence Against Women Partnerships in Dundee, Angus, and Perth and Kinross.

Acting Det Insp David Rankine said: "Tayside Police welcomes the reduction in incidents but I would also like to remind everyone that unfortunately domestic abuse happens 365 days a year and that all officers are committed to addressing this issue and to supporting the victims and their families throughout the year.

"The police will continue to look to deal robustly with anyone committing offences."

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