Police Launched Domestic Violence Campaign In Wake of World Cup

PUBLISHED: 11:02 27 May 2010 | UPDATED: 13:36 02 June 2010

police launch domestic violence campaign

police launch domestic violence campaign

POLICE have launched a campaign urging victims of domestic abuse not to suffer in silence this summer.

The initiative is being run in Cambridgeshire and across the country to coincide with the World Cup in South Africa and an expected rise in levels of vi

POLICE have launched a campaign urging victims of domestic abuse not to suffer in silence this summer.

The initiative is being run in Cambridgeshire and across the country to coincide with the World Cup in South Africa and an expected rise in levels of violence. The campaign aims to encourage victims to report incidents to police who will treat them seriously and provide support.

In the past, incidents of domestic violence have increased during major football tournaments.

Acting Detective Inspector Chris Balmer, from the force's public protection department, said: "Sadly there are still people suffering domestic abuse - whether it be mental, physical or emotional - and we know there can be a link to football.

"Perpetrators might try to convince themselves that they are being violent towards the victim because they are angry about a poor result.

"Actually it's just a pathetic attempt to excuse totally unpardonable behaviour. There is no excuse for any form of domestic violence and it will not be tolerated.

"Victims should not suffer in silence. We will take their reports seriously, work with them and take positive action."

The constabulary has specialist officers who are fully trained and can offer support and advice to victims.

The force also works closely with support groups and partner agencies to tackle domestic violence at all levels.

Cambridgeshire was the first force in the region to introduce a MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferencing) group. This group manages individual cases of domestic violence and looks at ways of reducing the risk of harm to partners and children at risk from domestic abuse.

The force also works with the National Centre for Domestic Violence which provides quick access to legal support and court assistance from solicitors.

Useful contact numbers:

Cambridgeshire Constabulary - 0345 456 456 4

National Domestic Violence Hotline - 0808 2000 247

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