Police to use social media to cut domestic abuse

Northamptonshire Police twitter account.
Northamptonshire Police twitter account.

Police will take to Twitter and Facebook next week to raise awareness of domestic abuse and stalking.

Northamptonshire Police has revealed it will be posting images, videos and questions through the force’s social media accounts between 10am and 3pm on Monday.

Officers aim to encourage online debate and conversation and to post useful links and numbers for victims seeking help.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Lingley, who is part of the Protecting Vulnerable People unit, said: “We’ve got around 35,000 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 Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds said he is also 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.”

The initiative is part of the police Operation Challenge Christmas and New Year campaign.