Police are pushing to bring more abusive partners to court in cases where victim does not need to come forward.

The Metropolitan Police is working with Enfield Council to increase the number of prosecutions of violent or abusive relationships.

Domestic violence prosecutions can be notoriously difficult to bring to court because victims or witnesses have been intimidated.

But the local authority and the police are warning that they are working to increase the number of ‘victimless’ prosecutions with techniques like recording officer call-outs on video.

Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment Chris Bond said: “We are actively working to increase the number of domestic violence prosecutions and victimless prosecutions mean that abusers are prosecuted and charged regardless of whether or not their victims come forward.

“I’d urge people to report any suspected incidents of domestic violence as we make it easier and less traumatic for them to report their experiences so that we can track down, punish and ultimately rehabilitate the people responsible for these awful crimes.”

For more information about domestic violence and information about the support available visit at www.womensaid.org.uk or www.enfield.gov.uk or call the free National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247 0808 2000 247.