Cleveland Police is supporting a national campaign supporting domestic abuse victims during the World Cup.
Officers will be distributing posters and leaflets to hospitals, surgeries, colleges, and pubs to make sure people know this kind of abuse increases at times of sporting events. Police say the consumption of alcohol coupled with heightened emotions during this period is no excuse for domestic abuse.
– Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger
“We want victims to have the confidence to call us - there is no need for anyone to suffer in silence.
“One of my main priorities is to ensure the strategy implemented earlier this year by the Police and Crime Commissioners in Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria, NE Women’s Network and Northern Rock Foundation continues to reach those affected by domestic abuse. With the networks and specialist services available we will continue to offer a long-term outcome for those who need it.”
– Superintendent Mark Thornton
“Nationally there is evidence that the threat of domestic abuse increases with major tournaments. Our message to victims is that they do not have to put up with domestic abuse. There are many agencies working in partnership to offer their support, and we have specially trained officers who can help those directly affected.”