Police in South Area are committed to helping victims of domestic abuse.
In April 2015 the Public Protection Branch was established, following a review of PSNI structures and processes in the field of public protection .
This new branch provides the PSNI response to victims and survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse; Child Abuse (including on line abuse and the viewing of Child Abuse Images); Adult Safeguarding; Rape and Serious Sexual Assault; and Offender Management.
Detective Chief Inspector David McBurney, from Public Protection Branch, explained: “This development of a single specialist department is in line with Police best practice across the UK.
“One of the biggest changes has been the implementation of the five trust model, ensuring our officers are working collaboratively with the right people in the right location to keep people safe across Northern Ireland.
“Our joined-up approach is essential and helps ensure local communities get the service they need, not only from PSNI, but from those we work closely with.
“These teams enable the PSNI to bring together specialist officers and increase our service delivery; for example having longer coverage (in terms of shifts) in the availability of Domestic Violence Officers who are specifically trained to assist survivors and victims.”
The PSNI would strongly encourage anyone suffering from domestic abuse to contact their local police on the non-emergency 101 or in an emergency always call 999.
A 24 hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline is also available to anyone who has concerns about domestic or sexual violence, now or in the past on 0808 802 1414.