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Dyfed Powys Police supports White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day took place this year on Sunday, 25th November 2012. The day is the annual pinnacle of the campaign to not only wear a white ribbon as visible pledges never to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence but also to highlight the issue of domestic abuse and reassure victims to come forward to seek help and support. As part of Dyfed Powys Police’s recognition of the day, they officially endorsed the new national definition for Domestic Abuse with the main difference being the inclusion of incidents involving persons aged 16 years or over as opposed to the previous 18 years.

DI Gary Mills stated "The change does not affect us greatly as Dyfed Powys Police had the foresight to amend our definition for domestic abuse incidents to include persons aged 16 and over when we introduced our Domestic Abuse Policy in April last year. I am pleased to say that this has now been adopted nationally to provide consistency in how we deal with such incidents".

He added "We also want to send a message to offenders that if they commit domestic abuse they will be arrested. Domestic abuse covers a wide spectrum and doesn’t have to include violence.

In addition and as part White Ribbon Day, Dyfed Powys also introduced the new stalking legislation. Whilst there was legislation in place to deal with harassment offences, there are now specific offences relating to "stalking" offences that can be committed. Although "stalking" is not specifically defined it is interpreted as being a "particular type of harassment and can include a pattern of persistent and repeated contact with, or attempts to contact, a particular victim".

If anyone feels they are the victim of abuse or if you are worried about a friend of family member please call police on 101 or the Wales Domestic Abuse helpline on 0808 80 10 8000".