Offenders most likely to subject their partners and families to domestic abuse will be the target of additional police scrutiny over the festive period, forces warned.
Strathclyde Police said it has drawn up a list of people who have the potential to pose the most threat to those who live under the same roof as them.
Northern Constabulary is handing "perpetrator letters" to high-risk offenders in its area, warning them they will be the focus of enhanced police attention over the coming days.
The letters will be personally served to alleged abusers who have come to the attention of officers in the past, as part of their designated day of action, being held on Friday.
Chief superintendent Julian Innes, of Northern Constabulary, said: "The objective of the day of action is to identify those perpetrators of domestic abuse who present the greatest risk of harm to victims and their families, and to actively target them, utilising all available methods and resources at our disposal to reduce the threat posed by them."
The Christmas and New Year period is one of the busiest times of the year for officers dealing with domestic abuse incidents. A wider seasonal crackdown on domestic abuse, run by the police violence reduction unit (VRU), began at the start of December and continues through to the end of January.
It comes in the wake of figures showing a 7% rise in domestic abuse.
Across Scotland, police recorded 59,847 such incidents in 2011-12, up from 55,698 the previous year.
Chief Superintendent Bob Hamilton, of Strathclyde Police's anti-violence directorate, warned perpetrators there is nowhere for them to hide as he launched the force's own domestic abuse festive campaign today.
"Make no mistake, if you are an abuser we have the ways and means to find you and deal with you," he said."We have a network of information and intelligence that we can use to identify you and hold you to account for your actions."