A special unit of Famagusta police has received four domestic violence complaints since it became operational on February 15, it was reported on Thursday.
“The complaints were lodged by women against their husbands or ex-husbands and concern mild forms of physical and psychological violence,” Famagusta police spokesman Andreas Constantinou said.
The spokesman said domestic violence and particularly violence against women and vulnerable groups is among “the police’s highest priorities.”
The special unit that deals with such incidents is staffed with seven officers and is headed by the local CID chief.
Members of the unit were selected with certain criteria relating to their training and experience in investigating and handling such cases in the past.
They have also undergone additional specialised training to be able to fully respond to their duties, the spokesman said.
Constantinou said Famagusta police had recorded 174 complaints in 2019 and 199 the following year, a marked rise.
“It is important for people to realise that such offences are condemnable. The public must approach the police and in cooperation with the special group, it would be possible to resolve the problem as soon as possible.”
Anyone wishing to file a complaint in the district can contact the special unit on 23803080 or 23803040 or the local police station.