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.
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.
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
Cumbria police responded to a record number of domestic abuse calls over Christmas and New Year.
However, whilst the number of people reporting domestic abuse may be on the rise, charities say many victims are still not coming forward. Katie Hunter reports.
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.
– Detective Superintendent Mike Forrester
“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."
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.
– Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner
“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.”
More than half of all reported domestic violence incidents from across Cumbria over the Christmas period, were alcohol related.
The figures, released by Cumbria police, show that there were 950 reports of domestic violence between 19th November and 6th January, with 498 of them related to alcohol.
In December alone, 612 domestic violence incidents were reported to police, compared to 552 in 2011.
– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Forrester, Cumbria Police
"We know 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.
"What is very concerning - although not that surprising - is that more than half of the incidents police were called to had escalated as a result of too much alcohol."
A campaign by Cumbria Police takes an inside look at how they deal with incidents of domestic violence.
They are offering the public an insight into the work of their Public Protection Unit, who support victims of domestic abuse and help safeguard children and vulnerable adults.