A hard-hitting campaign warning of the dangers of alcohol abuse has been launched by Northamptonshire Police.
A series of posters are to be displayed around the county highlighting the hidden effect parental alcohol abuse has on children, the link between alcohol and violent crime, and the fact that children are present in 90 per cent of domestic abuse incidents.
The aim of the campaign, which will run from today until January 6, is to reduce violent crime over the Christmas period by challenging and changing peoples’ behaviour.
Chief Inspector Dave Spencer said: “We want to grab peoples’ attention with this campaign. With both domestic abuse and alcohol misuse families can remain silent for a long time and we want to reassure victims who are frightened that help is out there.
“Too much alcohol can ruin Christmas, whether it means getting into a fight in the town centre or at home where children are often the silent victims; we know that 30 per cent of children under 16 live with at least one parent who is a binge drinker and that in 90% of domestic abuse incidents, children are present.
“This campaign aims to bring these issues to the forefront, to get people thinking and talking about them – and to be confident to report concerns or ask for advice.”
Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds, who is backing the campaign, said he was committed to reducing violence and ensuring that victims of crime are put first.
He said: “Too often those victims are children, and they should not be made to suffer because of a parent’s alcohol abuse. Raising awareness of the issues and of the help and support available is crucial.”