Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has arrested 98 people wanted for domestic abuse within just the first week of Operation Scratch.
As part of a month of action GMP is reinforcing its fight against domestic abuse, raising awareness of the underreported crime. Whilst capturing criminals wanted for domestic abuse offences, the operation is encouraging people to recognise the signs in their own or someone else’s relationship.
Having begun on Monday 12 September and running for a month, Operation Scratch will see officers from across Greater Manchester working together to search for people who have committed domestic-abuse-related crimes.
The operation comes eight months after a change in the law that made coercive and controlling behaviour in relationships illegal. Since then, GMP has investigated 55 reports under the new legislation.
The new legislation means that victims who are subjected to coercive and controlling behaviour, can bring their perpetrators to justice. Incidents that stop short of serious physical violence but amount to extreme psychological and emotional abuse, will now be recognised as a crime within the domestic abuse framework.
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney from GMP said: “These results show just how seriously we take domestic abuse and that this crackdown reinforces our commitment to bringing these offenders to justice – domestic abuse will not be tolerated here in Greater Manchester and we would urge anyone who is a victim to speak out. Help is available.
Officers will be going after offenders who have committed crimes against their loved ones but will also be continuing a campaign started by GMP when the legislation first changed, SCRATCH.
Raising awareness of the signs to look for when it comes to coercive and controlling behaviour, the campaign sees officers give members of the public SCRATCH cards which, instead of revealing a cash prize, will uncover another layer of controlling behaviour as the sections are scratched away.
Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “Constantly belittling someone, degrading them, isolating them from friends and family, controlling their money, denies that person of a happy and free life. That can never be acceptable, and this month of action by police sends a strong message that domestic abuse – in all its forms – will not be ignored and will not be tolerated”.
For more information, whether you are a victim, friend, family member or neighbour please visit: www.gmp.police.uk/domesticabuse.
To contact your local domestic abuse unit call the GMP switchboard on 101. In an emergency where there is an immediate threat to life or property always call 999.
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