A TOTAL of 23 people were taken into custody over the weekend in relation to domestic abuse incidents.
Police dealt with 31 reported incidents in Aberdeenshire and Moray between Friday and today, with 28 people charged and expected to either appear at court today or at a later date.
Detective Inspector Neil Campbell said: “Sadly at this time of the year we tend to see a rise in the number of reported incidents of domestic abuse.
“Unfortunately, we have seen a number of people charged and more often than not we are seeing alcohol as a feature.
“Christmas should be a time for celebrating with families, but it can also be a time when there can be pressure on relationships because of financial issues, increased tensions and the tendency to consume more alcohol than usual.
“Our advice is to drink sensibly, pace yourself and think about the consequences of your actions.
“Help and support is available to those affected by domestic abuse both victims and perpetrators.
“We continue to work with a number of partner agencies such a Grampian Women’s Aid and Victim Support Scotland to help support those affected by Domestic Abuse.
“The Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline is available 24/7 on 0800 027 1234 and can offer advice and details of other support groups available.”
Those who are victims of domestic abuse or know someone who they suspect is being abused are asked to report their concerns to the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.