Surrey Police predicted an increase in domestic abuse over the Christmas and new year period.

Between December 17 and January 4, the past three years have shown 2,116 recorded domestic incidents across the county - a 25 per cent increase compared to other times of the year.

Statistics show domestic abuse incidents peak on New Year’s Day and the days that follow, with 77 per cent of the victims female.

As a result, the force has issued a reassuring message that it will bring people to justice and that officers are available 24 hours a day to deal with reports.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Dave Brookes said: “There is nothing more heart-breaking for police officers than attending homes at this time of year and finding children in tears as one adult subjects another to abuse. We all owe it to these families to do all we can to reduce these incidents.

“It is why I am pleased that more incidents are being reported, but distressed that each and every one has occurred.”

Your Sanctuary is a charity that provides support to people and their children who are experiencing domestic abuse. Call their 24 hour helpline on 01483 776822.

Broken Rainbow UK, the only national LGBT domestic violence helpline, can be contacted on 0300 9995428.

In an emergency contact Surrey Police on 999.