Exmouth police highlighting abuse to 'soccer wives'

PUBLISHED: 15:36 13 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:33 18 June 2010

AN unseen side effect of the World Cup - domestic abuse and violence - is being highlighted by police.

AN unseen side effect of the World Cup - domestic abuse and violence - is being highlighted by police.

Statistically during major sporting events, incidents of domestic abuse increase because people drink more.

And with the football World Cup now being played, the East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership want to highlight the issue and send out the message it is unacceptable.

During the last football World Cup in 2006, reports of domestic abuse made to Devon and Cornwall Police rose by 73 per cent during England match days.

Such abuse accounts for about a third of all violent crime reported to Police nationally and it is believed that many more cases go unreported say police.

Gerry Moore the Community Safety Officer for East Devon said: "During the World Cup most people will be having a good time and behaving responsibly but some behave in an abusive way which causes distress to their partners and immediate family.

"Firstly, we want the abuse to stop but also we want to let people know that help is available for those who suffer from the abuse or for anyone wishing to get confidential

help and advice."

If you are in immediate danger or you know of someone else who is, due to domestic abuse, then call the Police immediately on the 999 emergency telephone number.

Anyone in Exeter, East and Mid Devon who is not in immediate danger but who would like to speak to someone urgently, call 01392 667144 or the free local helpline on 0800 328 3070.

These confidential telephone helpline numbers are staffed 24 hours a day so you will always be able to speak to someone rather than to a voicemail. They are run by Stop Abuse for Everyone.

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