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Domestic abuse will not be tolerated – that’s the message from Leicestershire Police as the World Cup campaign is set to get underway this month.
Evidence shows that domestic abuse incidents are likely to rise throughout the global tournament.
During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the force saw a 16 percent increase from the previous month in reported domestic abuse incidents, up from 1,774 to 2,054.
Detective Superintendent Chris Baker, Leicestershire Police lead for tackling Violence Against Women and Girls, said: “Domestic abuse of any form, physical, mental abuse, control and coercion will not be tolerated, whether it’s during the tournament or not.
“Sadly, however, we know that there is the potential for this to increase during the World Cup as alcohol intake increases and emotions are heightened.
“We’re taking this opportunity to remind people that we are here to provide support and I encourage anyone subjected to, or witnessing such behaviour to report it to us. Everyone should be able to enjoy the World Cup in a safe environment. We will ensure that all offenders are dealt with robustly.”
The force’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit (DAIU) will provide increased specialist support and resources to attending officers throughout the tournament.
Freeva – a Leicestershire based organisation providing confidential help and support to those suffering from domestic abuse, is among the agencies which works alongside Leicestershire Police.
Suki Kaur, CEO, from Freeva, said: Our helpline, 0808 802 0028, is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am till 4pm on weekends. It won’t show up on your telephone bill and we are here to support you in complete confidence.”
Additionally, anyone who feels intimidated, threatened or in a vulnerable situation in a bar or pub can approach staff and “ask for Angela”. This phrase discretely alerts staff that you need help and they will provide support.
To report a crime phone 101, report online or in an emergency call 999.