VICTIMS of domestic abuse are being urged to no longer ‘suffer in silence’ and seek help in 2017.

Over the festive and New Year period, Cheshire Police often see an increase in domestic-related abuse. More than 800 crimes were dealt with during December 2015 and January 2016.

As people make their New Year’s resolutions, officers are urging those affected by emotional, psychological and physical abuse to seek support and speak to those who can provide help.

Det Chief Insp Gareth Lee, of the Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: "This time of year can be one of the hardest for those suffering from domestic abuse.

“We know that victims often suffer in silence for the sake of their families so that they don’t ‘ruin Christmas’.

“But now is the time to be brave, have a fresh start and begin the year by having the courage to put a stop to it.

"We want people to know that 2017 can be the year they no longer have to suffer at the hands of their abuser.

“We have specialist officers available to listen, provide support and help victims move away from the situation they're in.”

As part of the campaign, the force has released a video that it hopes will help encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forward.

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “I want anyone who is suffering from domestic abuse to know that if you come forward and speak to the Constabulary you will be taken seriously.

“There are specialist services across the county to make sure that you can get the support you need and you have a police service who are committed to help.”

If you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who is, you can also call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

There are also a number of services in Cheshire.

In an emergency dial 999, in a non-emergency situation dial 101 to speak to the police.