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In the run-up to England’s first World Cup game this weekend a new Home Office Campaign aims to prevent the number of domestic abuse incidents during this year’s football tournament.

Research has shown that the risk of domestic abuse rises during major football tournaments with the high emotion involved, an increase in the consumption of alcohol and the warm summer weather. It has been reported that Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Chief Superintendent Vanessa Jardine has said:

“When England got knocked out four years ago we had 350 999 calls made – a 40 per cent increase – and many of those were regarding domestic violence.”  In the lead up to this year’s World Cup, several police forces including GMP have launched major campaigns against domestic violence with GMP recently releasing recordings of several 999 calls reporting domestic violence including one such call made by a terrified young child.

The Home Office has this week announced that the aim of it’s latest campaign is to place digital adverts on the Sky Sports website and posters in male toilets across pubs in England to remind potential perpetrators of the impact of domestic abuse and they direct men to the charity Respect’s Helpline for advice and support on how to change abusive behaviour. Announcing the new campaign, Home Secretary Theresa May said:

“For victims who remain on the receiving end of physical and emotional attacks, this year’s football World Cup will be no different to any other summer. But I am determined to see a society where violence against women and girls is not tolerated, where people speak out, and where no one has to suffer this form of abuse…”

For victims of domestic abuse, it is important to be aware that the first step to protection is for victims to contact the police. Victims can also apply to the Family Court for injunction orders against perpetrators, forbidding them from molesting, intimidating and harassing them, as well as orders to require the perpetrator to stay away from the family home. For further advice you should contact Family Law Specialist Kerry Russell.

The Force will be increasing patrols around towns and city centres, particularly when bars are open late for matches, using dispersal orders to remove people who have had too much to drink, attendance at Pub Watch meetings and working closely with bars and clubs around licensing issues on 0161 930 5151.