With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just a few weeks away, Warwickshire Police and partners are launching a campaign to deter perpetrators of domestic abuse and encourage victims to seek help.
The number of domestic abuse reports forces receive can rise during international football competitions. Throughout the 2014 World Cup, Warwickshire Police dealt with 190 domestic abuse crimes, but many more people could be suffering in silence, with research showing that the average victim will suffer in excess of fifty incidents before they tell anyone.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Nolan said:
“Domestic abuse doesn’t have to be physical; it can also be psychological, emotional, sexual and financial. We are warning perpetrators that there will be consequences for their actions and if you ‘kick off at home’ you can expect to be arrested and could end up facing a 28 day ban from the address.
“It is also important for victims to be aware that any reports of domestic abuse will be taken seriously and we are urging anyone who feels vulnerable or threatened not to suffer in silence, and to come forward so the police and our partners can support them.
“I want to emphasise that major sporting events do not cause domestic abuse, as perpetrators are responsible for their actions, but the high levels of alcohol consumption combined with the emotional nature of these events seems to increase the prevalence of domestic abuse.”
Warwickshire Police also works closely with specialist agencies across the force area. Among those is Warwickshire’s Violence Against Women and Girls Board.
Sue Ingram, speaking on behalf of the Board, said:
“Evidence shows that the reporting of domestic abuse incidents has increased during previous football tournaments. Win or lose, the heightened emotion, hope, excitement, frustration and ultimately disappointment, for some leads to violence, abuse and fear.
“We want to be clear that football doesn’t cause domestic abuse; nor does alcohol; violence and abuse is a perpetrators choice. The vast majority of men enjoy football and do not abuse their partners. Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on victims, children and families.
“We don’t want anyone to have to suffer in silence. If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence or abuse, talking to someone can help. Please call Warwickshire’s confidential, specialist domestic abuse helpline on 0800 408 1552.”
Help & Support
Domestic abuse victims can click here, call the police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always call 999.
You can also visit: https://www.refuge.org.uk/our-work/our-services/refuge-warwickshire-domestic-violence-service/ or contact Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse, where you can get more information about what support is available.
Call them on 0800 408 1552
9am – 9pm Monday to Friday
8am – 4pm Saturday