POLICE are urging victims of domestic abuse to seek help in the run up to Christmas.

One in four women will suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime and police expect to receive more calls in December.

Det Ch Supt Mary Doyle said: “Sadly, for victims of domestic abuse, this is the time of year that they dread.

“Domestic abuse is a priority for us all year round but unfortunately, we do see an increase in incidents during Christmas.

“Heightened family tensions, financial worries and excessive drinking can lead to a rise in the number and severity of attacks, with many victims feeling isolated because they do not want to spoil other people’s celebrations.

“But there is a way out and I would urge victims to seek help and put an end to the misery.

Specially trained officers will continue to work through-out the holiday period, offering victims and perpetrators the help and support they require.”

For information about the services available to help stop domestic abuse, visit endthefear.co.uk or call the Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0161 636 7525.