Police at hand to help victims of domestic abuse

Police have been offering specialist support to break the cycle of domestic abuse.

Extra resources to address the crime were deployed by Northumbria Police during England’s time in the World Cup, a period when the number of reported incidents often rise.

On the days of the three England games, police attended 164 domestic abuse reports across the force and specialist officers were available to offer victims advice.

On Saturday, June 14, the day of the England v Italy match, there were 86 such incidents between 6pm and 6am, up from an average of 66 over the same time period on the previous three weekends.

For the match against Uruguay, on Thursday, June 19, there were 44 incidents, compared to the average of 45 over the previous three Thursdays.

And on Tuesday, June 24, the date of the Costa Rica game, there were 34 reports, compared to an average of 39 on the three previous Tuesdays.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, who launched a regional strategy to tackle violence against women, said: “Using this high profile event, we’ve been able to raise the issue of domestic violence, which is a priority in my Police and Crime Plan, and to make people aware this crime continues to happen.

“Through our Kick Off campaign activity, we have been able to highlight the specialist support and advice available for victims. I hope they feel reassured that there are people they can talk to who are on hand to help them.

“It is essential that every victim understands they have not been forgotten and that there are people and services in place which can help them.”

For more information visit the Violence Against Women and Girls section of the Northumbria Police website at www.northumbria.police.uk