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Agencies braced for surge in domestic violence during World Cup

Reports of domestic violence are expected to soar in Cumbria during the World Cup.

Mark Pannone  photo
Superintendent Mark Pannone

There was a significant rise in the number of incidents of domestic violence in the county when England were playing in the last tournament four years ago.

Police figures reveal that the number of reports shot up by more than 57 per cent after England’s draw with Algeria, compared with the same day the previous year.

It comes as police say the amount of arrests, anti-social behaviour and violent crimes in the county has dropped during the last three major football tournaments.

But family law organisation Resolution is urging victims of domestic abuse not to suffer in silence with reports likely to increase again with the World Cup due to kick off tomorrow.

Local spokeswoman Gill Carr said the figures made “depressing reading”.

“Nobody facing domestic abuse should have to suffer in silence, and although there have been massive cuts elsewhere, legal aid is still available for people who are victims of abuse and want to separate from their partner,” she said.

“People in need of more immediate help may be eligible for legal aid to help them apply for a court order to protect them and their family.

“In either of these scenarios a local family lawyer who does legal aid work will be able to help you.”

Police are also warning football fans in Cumbria to be on their best behaviour throughout the tournament.

Figures show that the number of arrests per day fell from nearly 60 during Euro 2008 to 48.2 throughout World Cup 2010 and to 38.2 in Euro 2012.

Violent crimes also dropped from more than 15.5 per day during Euro 2008 – which England failed to qualify for – to 12.8 two years ago.

And the number of anti-social behaviour incidents plummeted from more than 125 every day while Euro 2008 played out to less than 111 during the World Cup in 2010 – when England crashed out to Germany in the second round – and just 68 in Euro 2012.

Superintendent Mark Pannone, of Cumbria police, said: “I am pleased to see that each major football tournament seems to be attracting less trouble in Cumbria, and I hope that this year’s World Cup is the best yet.”

Officers will be carrying out extra patrols during key clashes and working closely with pub and club owners to cut the risk of bad booze-fuelled behaviour.

Police will also be handing out advice about binge drinking, drink-driving before, during or after World Cup matches, and raising awareness around domestic violence.

Supt Pannone added: “Violence and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and will be dealt with appropriately.”

For more information about Resolution visit or call 01689 820272.

Free advice is also available from the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000247.


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