Police to use social media to raise awareness of domestic abuse and stalking

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Police in Northamptonshire will be using Facebook and Twitter on Monday, January 6, between 10am and 3pm, to raise awareness of domestic abuse, teenage relationship abuse and stalking.

The event is part of the force’s Operation Challenge Christmas and New Year campaign.

Thought-provoking images, videos and questions will be posted to encourage online debate and conversation and useful links and numbers will be made available for those seeking help and advice.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Lingley, from the protecting vulnerable people unit, said: “We’ve got around 33,000 fans on Facebook and around 17,500 followers of our main Twitter account, which doesn’t include those following individual officers and departments.

“That’s a lot of people we can communicate with and the potential number of people we can reach is phenomenal if Facebook fans share posts with their friends and Twitter followers re-tweet.

“We treat domestic abuse very seriously all year round but we are aware that at this time of year there can be an increase because of financial pressures and increased alcohol consumption. It’s also a time of year when people make resolutions to leave abusive relationships. We want to reassure these people that help is out there.”

Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds is backing the campaign. He said: “I am committed to reducing violence and ensuring that victims of crime are put first. We must address domestic abuse in the right way, and it is crucial that people feel confident in reporting it.”