Cambridgeshire police are urging victims of domestic abuse to come forward following a high number of reported incidents last Christmas.
From 1 December 2013 to 7 January 2014 the force dealt with around 291 domestic incidents with 82 per cent of victims being women.
Detective Inspector Mark Greenhalgh, from the domestic abuse investigation and safeguarding unit, said: “It is really important for victims of domestic abuse to come forward and report incidents.
“At this time of year everyday stresses and strains can be heightened as families spend extended periods of time together and abuse can be intensified.
“This does not mean that people should hide away and not report the abuse they are suffering.
“We are also sending out a clear message to offenders – there is no excuse for domestic abuse and it is a crime.”
For more information visit cambs.police.uk/GetCloser/DomesticAbuse