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Domestic violence 'will not be tolerated'

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.

“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.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner


Crackdown on domestic violence during World Cup

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.

Cumbria sees a rise in domestic violence

A report for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria has concluded more needs to be done to help victims of domestic violence.

In the UK a quarter of all women will be the victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.

In Cumbria there were more than 6,500 incidents in the last year alone.

That's a rise of 1.6% on the previous twelve months.

The man who commissioned the report is Cumbria's crime commissioner Richard Rhodes.

Earlier Pam Royle asked him why domestic violence is an increasing problem in the county.

Domestic Violence contact numbers

If you or someone you know are the victims of domestic abuse there are people to turn to if you need help.

The police can be contacted on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Charities that can help include

Refuge - Freephone 0808 2000 247

Safety Net - 01228 515859

Let Go - North Office (Carlisle) - 01228 633640

West Office (Workington) – 01900 842991 & 01900 842992

South Office (Ulverston) – 01229 582386

Carlisle Key - 01228 595566


Domestic violence is rising in Cumbria

Domestic violence is increasing year on year in Cumbria.

A report from Cumbria police highlights that the number of alcohol related domestic violence incidents in particular rose over the festive period last year.

“We work every year to highlight and showcase the ways in which victims of domestic violence can get help. Seeing an increase in the number of reports does not mean that it is not being tackled, it shows that people want to report it.

“It is a fact that domestic violence can be chronically under-reported so although an increase in violence of any kind is very worrying, the rise in the number of incidents we recorded may also be encouraging if it meant that more people had the confidence to pick up the phone and ask for help."

– Detective Superintendent Mike Forrester

Last year Cumbria Police’s Crime Prevention Officersvisited 267 high risk victims of domestic abuse across the county, to helpensure they were as safe as possible from further attack.

This work is known as the “Sanctuary Scheme”. It was carried out in partnership with Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service and housing providers, so that families who are living in fear can have the reassurance of a level of security that will afford them some protection.

“I welcome the fact that there have been more reports of domestic violence showing that victims are willing to come forward.

"However, I am extremely disappointed that these latest set of figures show how much domestic violence is alcohol related there is no excuse for this type of behaviour. It is only by us all working together that we will make a difference.”

– Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner


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