Officers to visit domestic abuse victims during World Cup
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Officers are preparing to visit the homes of people who might be vulnerable to domestic abuse ahead of an anticipated increase during the World Cup, which begins on Sunday, November 20.
Repeated studies from across the country have shown an increase in reports of domestic abuse during major football tournaments.
These studies mirror the experience of Warwickshire officers – who see an increase during every major tournament.
Detective Inspector Stephen Flavell, part of Warwickshire Police’s Domestic Abuse team, said: “We are determined to target domestic abuse with every method at our disposal.
“This includes pre-emptive measures during periods where we know incidents are more likely to increase.
“To this end, our specialist officers will be visiting homes across Warwickshire during the World Cup to make sure that people who we know might be vulnerable to domestic abuse are safe and well.
“Where necessary, we will also be making sure that those who are not supposed to have contact with former partners or relatives are keeping to court orders.
“Whether we visit you or not, please remember that we are always here if you need us.
“Reports of domestic abuse are always taken incredibly seriously, and we will do everything in our power to make sure you and your loved ones are safe."
DI Flavell also issued a stark warning to offenders, reminding them of the team’s determination to see abusers held to account.
He said: “I would also like to take this chance to speak directly to perpetrators. Your actions destroy lives.
“We have made sure that hundreds of people just like you have been left with custodial sentences and a criminal record – and that the people you have abused are now safe.
“Whether the abuse you perpetrate is physical or psychological, we will always look to take action against you.
“To those who are concerned about their behaviour – I would say this – seeking help now, before you act, could radically alter the course of your life, and the lives of your loved ones. You can do this by contacting [email protected] who offer support to domestic abuse preparators”