Cumbria Police isworking to reduce the number of domestic violence incidents during this year's World Cup. Research shows that during major football tournaments domestic violence can increase.
Research released as part of the Woman's Aid campaign showed that across England during the 2010 World Cup:
- Domestic violence increased by 27.7 per cent when England beat Slovenia 1-0.
- Household violence increased by 31.5 per cent when England were knocked out losing 4-1 to Germany.
– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner
“It is a sad fact that historically, domestic violence increases during such events as the World Cup. Therefore putting in place schemes such as these is to be welcomed. I believe we must all do what we can to reinforce the message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and in order to achieve this partners and agencies, along with Cumbria Constabulary, must work together to reach as many groups as possible.”
Cumbria Police say they will be running a crackdown on domestic violence during the World Cup.
When the tournament was last staged back in 2010, reported incidents doubled during the course of the competition compared with the same period of time the previous year.
The force says that domestic violence will not be tolerated, and they are working with a wide range of support services to provide help for victims.