The government has kicked off a £450,000 campaign to lock up domestic violence abusers over Christmas and New Year.
According to police records, there are one-third more domestic violence assaults on Christmas Day than on other days of the year.
The £450,000 package was distributed across 50 police force areas when the Domestic Violence Enforcement Campaign 2007 launched on 14 December.
This package includes an additional £27,000 for Metropolitan Police units in Brent, Croydon and Newham.
The campaign aims to increase the number of incidents reported to the police by enhancing support and protection for victims while prosecuting more offenders.
Activities will include targeting high-risk domestic violence repeat offenders and collecting evidence at the scene of the crime with video cameras to ensure prosecutions take place if a victim does not want to go to court.
Home minister Vernon Coaker said: “Christmas for most is a time of fun and family. However, for some, the emotional strain of the season can contribute to a rise in domestic violence. We are committed to doing all we can to help tackle this hidden violence which takes place behind closed doors.”
However, Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, the charity for victims of domestic violence, said: “Better protection for women and children experiencing domestic violence is vital, but it is needed all year round – not just at Christmas. Women and children need the best possible protection, no matter what day it is.”