Sussex Police are planning for an increase in domestic incidents during World Cup games this summer with officers tasked at peak times to help protect families.
During the 2010 World Cup reports of domestic abuse increased significantly.
Alongside their response role, the officers will be kept up to date about previous or likely victims. In addition there will be teams of specialist investigators to carry out further enquiries.
Det. Supt. Paul Furnell said;
“The patrolling units will help provide a prompt response to domestic violence incidents, and officers will be equipped with video cameras to help secure vital evidence.
“For the vast majority of people who watch matches and support their national teams the games are enjoyable events that draw people together. But for a small minority football provides the catalyst for alcohol abuse and violent behaviour, which can be particularly dangerous in some relationships.
In an emergency dial 999.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is backing the initiative:
“Factors such as increased alcohol consumption and heightened emotions like celebration and rivalry during major sporting events can lead to unpleasant situations, particularly when expectations are dashed. That’s not blaming football, but there should be no excuse for domestic abuse, at any time.
“Sussex Police is committed to tackling domestic abuse effectively and this is set out as a key priority in the Police and Crime Plan and the Force’s Operational Delivery Plan. This further drive should serve as a warning to potential abusers and give victims confidence that the police do and will continue to act on reports of domestic abuse.”
Sussex Police and partners have an ongoing campaign raising awareness of White Ribbon UK, an international organisation working to involve men in opposing violence and abuse against women
The 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247
West Sussex – WORTH on 0330 222 8181 www.worthservices.org
Brighton & Hove – RISE helpline on 01273622822 www.Riseuk.org.uk
East Sussex Domestic Abuse Service on 0844 225 0657
Broken Rainbow – LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline 0n 0300 999 5426 – www.brokenrainbow.org.uk
Men’s Action Line on 0808 801 0327 – www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Counselling Directory – www.counselling-directory.org.uk
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