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Men urged to make stand on abuse

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Police are called out to three to four incidents every day

Police in Dumfries and Galloway have asked men in the region to "stand up and be counted" in a campaign against domestic abuse.

Officers in the region are called out to between three and four such incidents every 24 hours.

Deputy Chief Constable George Graham has urged men to join in the national White Ribbon campaign.

He said that the majority of men were not violent and they had to speak out against such crimes.

Mr Graham said the campaign was an opportunity for people to promise they would never "commit or condone" violence against women.

"Across the UK 25% of all violent crime is domestic violence and violence against women," he said.

"You can see that if we can get men to stand up and be counted it would make a big difference."

'Part of solution'

He said it was time for the vast majority of men who were not violent to make their opposition clear.

"We will not condone it, we will not commit it and we will speak out against it," he said.

He said the level of call-outs showed that domestic violence was an issue in south west Scotland.

"We have a problem here," he said.

"We know that we're not going to stop violence against women unless men are part of the solution."

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