A UNIQUE scheme to help those affected by domestic abuse will be in operation in Aberdeen over the festive period.
The initiative will see victims and, in some cases, perpetrators of domestic abuse offered immediate assistance through partner agencies.
Those in need of support will be signposted immediately to the assistance they need – whether that’s with housing, substance misuse, emotional or financial issues.
Commander for Aberdeen city’s police division, Chief Superintendent Adrian Watson, said: “The festive season is traditionally a time for families but it can also be a peak time for domestic abuse, starting the Friday before Christmas, when many people finish work for the holiday period.
“It is a time when there can be increased strains because of mounting financial commitments, family tensions and larger intakes of alcohol.
“That is why every year Police Scotland in Aberdeen takes additional action to tackle domestic abuse, sending officers out to target known abusers and support high-risk victims.”
The scheme sees collaboration between Police Scotland, Drug’s Action, Aberdeen City Council, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Grampian Women’s Aid and Aberdeen Cyrenians.
Additional funding is being provided by the Aberdeen City Alcohol & Drugs Partnership.