Police have released details of the domestic violence incidents they were called to over the Christmas break to mark the end of their festive campaign.
Before Christmas, Cumbria Constabulary launched its campaign to highlight how domestic violence increases over the festive period.
The aim was to encourage more victims to report the abuse and break the cycle.
In December (2013) alone, 662 domestic violence incidents were reported to police.
In December 2012, 608 were reported in West Cumbria..During the main festive weeks, there was an increase in the number of incidents as a result of alcohol:
Year on year, Cumbria Police are seeing an increase in the number of reports of domestic violence.
Detective Superintendent Mike Forrester said: “We work every year to highlight and showcase the ways in which victims of domestic violence can get help.
“Seeing an increase in the number of reports does not mean that it is not being tackled, it shows that people want to report it.
“It is a fact that domestic violence can be chronically under-reported so although an increase in violence of any kind is very worrying, the rise in the number of incidents we recorded may also be encouraging if it meant that more people had the confidence to pick up the phone and ask for help.
“Again we see an increase in the number of incidents during the festive period and an increase in the number of incidents that relate to alcohol.
“Domestic violence is a very serious issue.No one deserves to be abused and we will not tolerate violence of any sort.”