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    The shocking extent of World Cup domestic violence as police pledge to help victims

    Police have revealed the shocking extent of the surge in domestic violence when England play in the World Cup as they promise to support victims and tackle abusers.
    The officer in charge of policing in North and North East Lincolnshire said police were expecting a similar spike as England’s World Cup campaign begins in Russia on Monday.
    Ahead of the tournament kicking off tomorrow, Chief Superintendent Darren Downs said there had been 1,650 reports in Humberside during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
    The Divisional Commander for the South Bank said: “We will make sure we have the correct level of resourcing through The World Cup.”
    He added: “Twenty years ago you used to get fights breaking out in pubs and clubs. But nowadays there are not the same problems as before.
    “Most people enjoy a barbecue at a pub or go home for a barbecue to watch the game at home. But it is domestic violence that gives us concerns. All our resources will be available at the relevant times.”
    He highlighted the partnership between Grimsby Town FC, North East Lincolnshire Council, pubs and clubs in the borough and Humberside Police in curbing violence.
    They have united under the banner slogan “There is never an excuse for domestic abuse.”
    The commander, who has a lot of experience in dealing with football crowds and large audience events said anyone subject to football banning orders will have had letters ordering their passports are surrendered.
    “If they don’t, we go and get them. It is to stop them going abroad and causing trouble. We have operations at ports as well,” he told.
    Humberside Police traffic officers will also be on patrol looking out for football fans tempted to drive after consuming alcohol.
     
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    Throughout the tournament Humberside Police will be sharing details of the support available to perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse so they can seek help.
    Police also want to highlight the common signs of an abusive relationship so that everyone is aware what to look out for and help family and friends who might be suffering from domestic abuse, get the support they need.
    Chief Superintendent Downs said beer mats will be distributed in pubs and clubs with warning slogans.
    According to research by the Royal Statistical Society, the number of domestic abuse reports rises by as much as 32 per cent if England lose in international tournaments and 28 per cent if they win.
     
    A spokeswoman said: “But many more people could be suffering in silence, with research showing that the average victim will suffer in excess of 50 incidents before they tell anyone.”
    Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Patrick said: “Domestic abuse does not have to be a physical act, it can also be psychological, emotional, sexual or financial. We are keen to warn those who treat their partners this way that there will be serious consequences for their actions.
    “Abusing anyone, whether during the World Cup or not, may lead to arrest, charge and orders being sought, prohibiting them from returning home to continue that abuse.”
    DCI Patrick added: “Major sporting events like the World Cup do not themselves cause domestic abuse. However, some people drink too much alcohol which, when combined with the high emotions during and after matches, can increase the risk of unnecessary abuse.
    “We are working closely with Safer North East Lincolnshire and local authorities in our area to promote and share our campaign to make people aware of the support that is available to them.”
     
    Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for community protection at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “The evidence clearly shows an increase in reports of domestic abuse during football tournaments. Win or lose, the heightened emotions, excitement and disappointment fuelled by excess alcohol, is often a volatile mix and can have a devastating impact on victims, families and particularly children.
    “In North East Lincolnshire we have lots of support available for victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. The hardest part is making the first step and seeking help.”
    • If you are worried about your behaviour or are suffering domestic abuse click here for advice and support, alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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