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Strathclyde Police are offering a life-line to people suffering domestic abuse by encouraging victims to speak out.

“Speak out for you, for them,” is the second phase of a campaign aimed at ending the scourge of domestic abuse in Scotland and its message to victims of the crime is simple – if you are a person living with the fear of domestic abuse at home, tell someone, as help is available.

A spokesperson for Strathclyde Police said: “Our officers will always listen to young people and if they are told about any incidents of domestic abuse at home, they can help put an end to it.

“However, if young people don’t want to speak to a police officer then the campaign encourages them to talk to a trusted adult – a teacher, a social worker, a relative or a support agency like Child Line – about what’s happening.”

Area Inspector at Cumbernauld Police Station, John Ferguson, said: “Unfortunately Strathclyde Police deal with domestic abuse on a regular basis.

“It’s not just acts of violence, but constant shouting and heated arguments that can impact on more than just the intended victim.

“Young people who live with the fear of domestic abuse can also become victims in many other ways.

“This behaviour can affect their quality of life including their education, relationships and so on.

“It is important for young people to know that help is available to tackle domestic abuse. They can talk not only to police officers, but others to put an end to this behaviour.”

Visit www.strathclyde.police.uk for information.