Don’t be a victim of domestic abuse this Christmas police are urging.

North Wales Police are encouraging people to report domestic violence, at a time when historically incidents increase.

The pressures of family, money, and an increase in alcohol consumption can place strain on relationships over the Christmas period.

Although domestic abuse happens all year round, research indicates there is a strong link between alcohol consumption and domestic violence.

DCI Jason Devonport said: "I want to encourage victims to report incidents of domestic abuse so with our partner agencies we can access appropriate support and intervention for victims and their families.

“Christmas is a time when families should be enjoying the festive season; I want people to know that we have dedicated domestic abuse officers and public protection officers across North Wales who will ensure that all domestic abuse crimes are investigated, as well as providing support and information to victims about police procedures and legal proceedings."

Across the UK, one incident of domestic abuse is reported to the police every minute.

Police report that one in four women and one in six men will be affected at some time, and it is a crime that cuts across all social, cultural and religious boundaries.

It has far reaching consequences for victims, witnesses, their families and the wider community.

Domestic abuse is defined by a pattern of behaviours – it can be controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over, who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

It can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial and/or emotional.

North Wales police, assert on their website, that they will "continue to ensure there is ongoing support over the holiday period."