Domestic violence on the rise during the World Cup

Humberside Police
Humberside Police

Humberside Police has seen an increase in the number of domestic violence incidents reported to them since the World Cup started.

It has dealt with 428 domestic violence related incidents during the first 10 days of the tournament, an increase of 6% on the 10 days before the competition kicked off.

According to national research, domestic abuse rates across the country can rise by as much as 28% when England win a football match.

The World Cup, as with other major sporting events, is often associated with an increase in incidents of domestic abuse because of factors such as increased alcohol consumption and an increase in tension.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lisa Atkinson said: “We are acutely aware that behind each incident is a victim and an offender.

"We have a team of dedicated domestic abuse specialists who understand how difficult it is for a victim of domestic abuse to come forward and the sensitivities required.

"We work closely with partner agencies to ensure the right support is in place at the right time and to work with the victim to break the cycle of abuse and through any criminal justice process.”

“There are also programmes and support available for offenders to take positive action to address their behaviour and we would encourage anyone who needs this help to seek support before it gets out of control and damages their life and the lives of those around them.

“For those who refuse to address their behaviour our message is clear; we will not tolerate domestic abuse and will take action against anyone who uses physical or psychological abuse to control, coerce or harm a member of their family.

"Football can never be the reason for domestic abuse and will be shown the red card.”