POLICE are trying to stop a rise in football-related domestic violence this summer with a campaign warning of the devastating consequences.
West Yorkshire Police say reports domestic abuse often rise during football tournaments, with calls during one England game in 2010’s World Cup almost double the usual number.
The force has launched posters, posters and a social netowrking push to coincide with the start of the European Championships warning of the damage of the crime and the penalties.
Extra patrols will also be in place in and around town centre during the tournament.
Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd said: “During football tournaments we often see an increase in violence and particularly domestic abuse incidents. This is something none of us should tolerate.
“We all need to play our part in encouraging victims to report incidents to us so that we can act to prevent their revictimisation and make sure offenders are prosecuted.”
Detective Inspector Chris Stones, of the Child and Public Protection Unit, added: “If you feel you might be at risk during the tournament, think about what you can do to keep yourself safe and ask for help and advice from either your local police, other agencies or voluntary groups in your area.
“To men who have been violent in the past – you know that the risk of you offending can increase over these kinds of events if you get drunk. Think about where you could end up and what you can do to stop it happening. You also may need advice and help.”
Anyone who is a victim of any form of domestic violence can contact police on 101 or, if you are in immediate danger, on 999.