Domestic abuse rife in Falkirk over weekends

Police say domestic abuse is rife at weekends in the Falkirk area
Police say domestic abuse is rife at weekends in the Falkirk area

Domestic abuse in Falkirk over weekends is rife according to police with over 30 people arrested for the crime over the past few weeks.

Last weekend saw five suspects, one a female, charged and taken into police custody before appearing at Falkirk Sheriff on Monday, while during the previous three weekends there were 11, 11 and nine respectively.

Guidelines for domestic abuse say the accused is detained pending a court appearance and will only be released in exceptional circumstances.

Falkirk officer David Ferguson said: “It’s not uncommon for us to have a number of people in custody over weekends for domestic abuse and then appearing in court on a Monday. It’s usually around ten to 12 people and there are always more at weekends.

“Domestic abuse or violence is totally unacceptable and we treat it as a priority.”

Lisamarie Pert, crisis intervention team leader at Falkirk and District Women’s Aid also said the organisation saw more victims after weekends.

She said: “It is busier on a Monday with more referrals and people contacting us about the problem.

“Domestic abuse is not acceptable in any form whether it is physical, emotional, financial, psychological or sexual.

“We work closely with partners locally like police and the domestic abuse unit. We take referrals from anywhere such as families, friends or partners and also have a support service for men and children and young people.

“We also have an out of hours crisis service anyone can call at any time if they have concerns or are a victim of domestic abuse.”

Anyone with concerns about domestic abuse can contact the crisis line on (01324) 635661 or police on 101.

Falkirk & District Women’s Aid is at Unit 6, The Courtyard in Callendar Business Park.

The organisation say that one in five women in Scotland experience domestic abuse at some time in their lives.

The Scottish Government’s definition of domestic abuse is: gender based abuse can be perpetrated by partners or ex-partners - can include physical abuse (assault - physical attach involving a range of behaviour) sexual abuse (acts which degrade - humiliate women and are perpetrated against their will, including rape) and mental and emotional abuse (such as threats, verbal abuse, racial abuse, withholding money and other types of controlling behaviour such as isolation from family and friends).