Police giving domestic abuse the red card during World Cup

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A campaign focusing on domestic violence during the forthcoming World Cup in Rio has been launched by Northamptonshire Police.

The campaign, supported by Northamptonshire Against Domestic Abuse (NADA) and the Community Safety Partnership, aims to send out a clear message: domestic abuse is being shown the red card.

Safer community team Sgt Martin O'Connell handing out posters highlighting the police's domestic abuse campaign during the World Cup

Safer community team Sgt Martin O'Connell handing out posters highlighting the police's domestic abuse campaign during the World Cup

New materials, including posters featuring attention-grabbing images have been given to hospitals, doctor surgeries, colleges and pubs and clubs.

They are also available at police station front offices and the offices of partner agencies.

Facebook and Twitter will be used to raise awareness, along with useful links for those seeking help and advice.

In addition, a campaign will air on Heart radio for the duration of the football tournament.

One of the police's domestic abuse posters, which are being given to pubs and clubs in the run-up to the World Cup

One of the police's domestic abuse posters, which are being given to pubs and clubs in the run-up to the World Cup

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Lingley, head of the force’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit, said: “Nationally there is evidence that the threat of domestic violence increases with major football tournaments.

“Football doesn’t cause domestic abuse, but linked to increased alcohol consumption and the emotion sporting events bring it can impact upon some relationships.

“This campaign serves as a warning to potential abusers that we will take positive action to protect victims, we will arrest offenders where a criminal offence has taken place and will seek to prosecute building the best possible case.

“Our message to victims is that they do not have to put up with domestic abuse. Have the confidence to call as support is available from specially-trained officers and partners. There is no need for anyone to suffer in silence.”

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds is backing the campaign. He said: “One of my main priorities is to cut violent crime by at least 40 per cent, and this can only happen if victims have the confidence to come forward to report crimes and seek justice.

“It is essential that we address domestic abuse effectively and we need people to feel confident in reporting it in order to do that.”

For more information on how to get support and advice on domestic violence – visit any of the following websites:

Staysafe

National Centre for Domestic Violence

Sunflower centre

Women’s Aid

Victim Support

Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Forum