Police get tough on domestic violence

Research shows incidents of domestic abuse increase during major sporting events.

Police have issued a tough message to football fans as Euro 2012 gets under way - that win or lose there is no excuse for domestic violence.

The warning has come after Devon and Cornwall saw domestic abuse rise by nearly 30 per cent on England match days during the 2010 World Cup.

Police anticipate that there may be a rise in incidents again this year and say they will be taking a robust stance when dealing with perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse.

According to figures domestic violence accounts for about a third of all violent crime reported to the police and research has shown incidents of domestic abuse increase during major sporting events.

PC Clive Vickery from Honiton said: “We are very much aware of the potential increase in incidents during the European Championships.

“There is undoubtedly a link between alcohol and this rise in violence and abuse, the consequences of which are devastating for victims and their families.

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“The Euros 2012 should be an event that everyone can enjoy and people should understand that the police will take a robust stance in dealing with any perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse.”

“We want to take this opportunity to advise people that help and support is available from the police 24 hours a day. If anyone needs help urgently they should call 999.

This was echoed by the Community Safety Officer for East Devon Gerry Moore, who said: “During the European Championships most people will be having a good time and behaving responsibly but some will no doubt behave in an abusive way and as a result this will cause distress to their partners and immediate family including young children. Help is available for persons who suffer from the abuse.”

For more information and advice call police on 101 or visit www.devon-conrwall.police.uk/domesticabuse

Women in East Devon who are not in immediate danger but would like to speak to someone urgently are urged to call 01392 667144 or the free local helpline on 0800 328 3070. These telephone helpline numbers staffed 24 hours a day and are run in conjunction with Stop Abuse for Everyone.

There is also support available for men who are urged to call the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327