Police take action to tackle domestic abuse and violence across Merseyside


Criminals across Merseyside are being targeted as part of a crackdown on domestic abuse and violence.

Teams of local officers led by Merseyside Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People unit have travelled across Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Knowsley as part of Operation Cassia – a police operation which marks 16 days of action from Friday 25 November to arrest a number of people that we believe are responsible for recent domestic abuse.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Caton said: “This extensive police operation will target any outstanding suspects of domestic violence and those we believe are responsible for recent domestic abuse against their partners, ex-partners and family members.

“We have been working hard behind the scenes to gather evidence and build a case against each of them under Operation Cassia and so far have made 12 arrests.

“These days of action are only a snapshot of what our officers do everyday to bring justice to anyone suffering from domestic violence as we continue to seek out those involved in such crimes and the vulnerable people who are affected.

“Domestic abuse isn’t just physical – it can be emotional, sexual, financial or controlling behaviour. Some of the signs of domestic abuse, such as physical marks, may be easy to identify but others may be things you can easily explain away or overlook.

“Often victims are either in a relationship with the perpetrator or have been historically, it can therefore be very hard for them to report what has been going on. They might still love their abuser, feel loyal to them, are protecting their children or are simply living in fear.

“We hope the results of this operation shows victims that Merseyside Police is determined to break that cycle of abuse where perpetrators continue to commit crime after crime against their victim thinking that every time they do, they are less likely to get caught.

“Please talk to us or the partners we work with if you are a victim of domestic abuse, so we can protect you or anyone that does come forward and take decisive action against abusers.

“Our officers are on your side, we will listen to you, and we can help you overcome any cycle of domestic abuse if you contact us.”

If you are in immediate danger, always call 999.

If you ring 999 and are not in a safe position to speak to us then cough or tap the phone and press 55, when prompted. This will alert the operator that you need assistance.

For more information please contact any of our support organisations via: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-organisations/

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