A MAJOR crackdown on domestic violence is being launched this World Cup after cases in Hampshire soared by more than a quarter during the last tournament.
The World Cup in 2010 saw reports of violence in the household rise by 27 per cent so officers tackling the problem are urging victims not to let their abusers get away with it, just because their team has lost.
For the first time this year police have joined forces with domestic abuse workers who will go with officers to any reported incidents, offering help and advice to victims.
It is hoped the new move will urge victims of domestic violence to speak out and stop the vicious cycle of abuse at the hands of a loved one.
Hampshire Constabulary’s Superintendent Ben Snuggs, below, said: “Domestic abuse remains a priority for the force and we are using extra resources to help tackle the problem, take positive action and provide further support for victims during the World Cup.
“Our support agencies do a massive amount of work across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in supporting domestic abuse victims. This is a great opportunity for us to work closely together to take a stand against abuse through a combined response.
“We aim to respond quickly and effectively to victims in a non-judgmental way so the police can focus on bringing the perpetrator to justice.”
Volunteers from Aurora New Dawn, a feminist organisation based in Hampshire, dedicated to ending violence against women and children, will be giving up their spare time to accompany officers in their patrol cars and help those victims who want their support.
Shonagh Dillon, from the organisation, said: “Large sporting events like the World Cup see an increase globally in incidents of violence against women. Aurora New Dawn are delighted to be working in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary to co-ordinate independent support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse across Hampshire and the IOW.”
The Speak Out Today campaign comes as Hampshire Constabulary continue to make the issue a priority, following figures revealed earlier this year which showed incident of domestic violence across the county totalled 25,140 in 2012-13 – a rise of 1.672 between 2007-8.
As part of that pledge to tackle the issue, frontline officers have received training with an emphasis on ensuring victims are safe.
Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes, below, added: “The joint response to domestic abuse calls by the police and a support worker is an excellent example of agencies working together, to provide the support and help victims need at a time when they will feel most vulnerable.”
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse Speak Out Today and call 101 to report it.