LAUNCH: An appeal to victims of domestic abuse


As the force re-launches its Cut the Strings campaign, our lead for domestic abuse, Detective Superintendent Melanie Palin, has written this message of appeal to victims, with the hope that those reading it will come forward to ask for support.

The appeal is also written to anyone who has concerns for a friend or relative or has witnessed any form of domestic abuse. We are here to help and we will always listen to you.

You can hear directly from Det Supt Palin in this video


You may have got concerns about the way your partner or ex-partner treats you, whether it is because they are violent or abusive or control your every move. They may be stalking or harassing you. We want to let you know that we are here for you and we and the support agencies we work with want to help you.

Your friends and family may have told you that they’re concerned and worried about your safety.

If it’s not physical you may not have recognised that this is domestic abuse.

We don’t tolerate domestic abuse.

Protecting you and your family is what we’re here to do. You’re not alone and we are constantly working hard with support agencies to keep you safe and show you that whatever kind of abuse you’re going through, there is a way out.

Domestic abuse affects entire families.

We are committed to prosecuting those people who commit domestic abuse.

Today we launched our domestic abuse campaign, Cut the Strings. I am urging you to cut the strings and report domestic abuse to us. You can call us on 101, but please remember to always call 999 in an emergency.

If you don’t feel comfortable coming to a police station, we can work with you to identify a place where you feel able to report what is happening to you.

If you know someone who is suffering from domestic abuse we want to hear from you too.

There are also support agencies you can speak to, including the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. 

Through this campaign I want South Yorkshire Police to support you and give you the confidence to come forward and report what’s happening to you, so that we can do something about it.

If you need more information about the support that is available then you can find this on our website here:

Det Supt Melanie Palin (Domestic Abuse lead)