Police are urging victims of domestic abuse to blow the whistle on hidden hurt.
With the Euro 2012 football tournament now in its knockout phase, police are keeping a close eye on domestic abuse victims – and the known offenders.
The frustration of a bad result, allied with alcohol, is often a toxic mix and can result in physical abuse on family members behind closed doors.
Police have been monitoring offenders during the tournament, which sees England play host nation Ukraine in a group stage decider tonight, Tuesday, June 19.
And the message to victims is clear – domestic abuse is a serious crime, it is a crime the police take seriously and victims should not suffer the ‘hidden hurt’ in silence.
Detective Sergeant Phil Mills, of Northamptonshire Police’s Domestic Abuse Unit, said: “If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you do not have to suffer in silence – help is only a phone call away.
“We will respond to all calls for assistance and will help you get the practical support you need. We can help you get safe and stay safe.
“If you are a victim of domestic abuse, think of the hidden harm. If you have children, your situation might have an influence on them becoming future victims of abuse or even abusers themselves.
“Domestic abuse isn’t just physical. Psychological abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse are forms of domestic abuse.
“We have identified our most prolific domestic abuse offenders in Northamptonshire and are monitoring them closely.
“Special courts have now been convened so that domestic abuse offenders can be dealt with quickly and we recently held a very successful web chat with a number of domestic abuse victims.
“Victims should not think that domestic abuse is not a matter for the police. Domestic abuse is a violent crime, it is something we take very seriously indeed so, if you are a victim or have concerns, please come forward.”
Domestic abuse support groups and community safety partnerships in Northamptonshire have already launched a campaign to highlight the issue of domestic abuse.
Members of Northamptonshire Against Domestic Abuse (NADA) will be taking a stall on Northampton’s Market Square tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20, and will be handing out information between 11.30am and 2.30pm.