POLICE have launched a new domestic violence campaign to co-incide with the football season.
Entitled ‘What time is kick off in your house?’ the initiative will run throughout Euro 2012.
It aims to raise awareness of domestic violence, highlight the consequences to potential perpetrators and encourage victims to come forward. Statistics show that during large sporting events, such as international football tournaments, incidents of domestic violence rise. Throughout the tournament dedicated police teams will be on call to handle domestic incidents. These will be accompanied by Independent Domestic Violence Advocates from Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council. Together the specialists will be responding to incidents and offering tailored support to victims. A poster has been produced publicising specific domestic violence help lines. The police will be distributing these to pubs and clubs throughout the county and the councils are distributing to libraries, doctor’s surgeries and sports facilities. Commenting on the campaign, Detective Inspector Paul Carrington said: “This campaign aims to raise awareness of domestic violence as it still remains under reported.
“Statistics show that during sporting tournaments the amount of domestic violence incidents increase. During the matches in which England played at the World Cup in 2010, incidents reported in Derbyshire increased by 25% compared to the same dates in 2009.
“The posters display a helpline for Respect which is an organisation that helps potential perpetrators and also displays the Domestic Abuse Helpline for victims. In the north of the county where there is a large Polish community, the poster has been translated into Polish and will be circulated in the area in preparation for the Poland matches.
“We intend to highlight the power police have when dealing with domestic violence which hopefully, will go a long way towards deterring those who commit such crimes. By working with partnership agencies we can offer a joint approach and in turn offer victims more support when reporting this type of crime.”