New Powers to combat Domestic Abuse

Sussex Police are planning for a potential increase in domestic abuse incidents during and after some World Cup games this summer.

Sussex Police mounting special dedicated domestic abuse patrols and are using new powers to protect victims of domestic abuse during the World Cup.

Poster being used in the North East

Poster being used in the North East

During last World Cup, research showed that when England won or lost a match, domestic violence rose by about 30 per cent.

In 2010 when England beat Slovenia 1-0, domestic violence rose by 28 per cent.  Similarly when they went out of the contest after losing 4-1 to Germany household violence went up by 32 per cent (In “Significance” by statistician Professor Allan Brimicombe).

Detective Superintendent Paul Furnell of the Public Protection Branch said:

The patrolling units will help provide a prompt response to domestic violence incidents, and officers will be equipped with video cameras to help secure vital evidence.

For the vast majority of people who watch matches and support their national teams the games are enjoyable events that draw people together.  But for a small minority football provides the catalyst for alcohol abuse and violent behaviour, which can be particularly dangerous in some relationships.

We also work with a variety of other support agencies to tailor safety plans for victims at high risk of serious harm.  The police response aims to prevent abuse where possible and deal robustly with any offenders committing crimes against partners and family members.  If domestic abuse is happening to you or someone you know, seek help from the police or one of the local dedicated domestic abuse services in Sussex.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, is backing the initiative:

Factors such as increased alcohol consumption and heightened emotions like celebration and rivalry during major sporting events can lead to unpleasant situations, particularly when expectations are dashed. That’s not blaming football, but there should be no excuse for domestic abuse, at any time.

As well as special patrols, Sussex Police will be using new measures if a police officer fears for the on-going safety of the victim.

Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders (DVPN/DVPO) can bar the perpetrator from contacting the victim for at least 14 days and a maximum of 28.

The orders aim to protect those at risk or who have suffered violence and give them time to think about their options.

DVPNs must be brought before a magistrate within 48 hours of being issued by police.  For more information on the new measure look at the Sussex Police website.

If you want help or support about Domestic Violence you can contcat the following organisations:

The 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247

East Sussex Domestic Abuse Service on 0844 225 0657

Broken Rainbow – LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline 0n 0300 999 5426 –

Men’s Action Line on 0808 801 0327 –

Sussex PoliceAnyone aware of danger of harm to an adult or children within a household can ring the police on 101 at any time.  In an emergency dial 999.

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