DOMESTIC violence campaign to coincide with World Cup

Stroud News and Journal: Tempers can flare during the World Cup as domestic abuse can rise by 25 per cent Tempers can flare during the World Cup as domestic abuse can rise by 25 per cent

WITH England kicking-off their World Cup campaign this weekend, Gloucestershire Police have launched a week long campaign focusing on prevention of domestic abuse. The first week of the Stay Safe campaign will coincide with the football as levels of abuse statistically rise by over a quarter when England take part in a major international tournament, with figures affected by whether England win or lose.

Faye Kamara, Domestic Abuse and Violence Strategic Co-ordinator said: “On average the victim of domestic abuse has been abused 35 times before they contact the police, which is a shocking statistic.

“Our intention this week is to highlight and educate the public on this issue which is especially pertinent as we get closer to a major international tournament where England are participating. My colleagues and I will be on hand to offer support, advice and information for anyone who maybe a victim themselves or may know someone who they think could be at risk of domestic abuse.”

Stay Safe will also cover drink driving, assault and anti-social behaviour, in the month long campaign between Monday, June 9 and Monday, July 14.

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