Police to combat domestic violence during FIFA World Cup


Dean Jones

NORTH Wales Police are preparing for an increase in domestic abuse calls during the World Cup.

A recent academic research revealed that domestic violence rose by approximately one third when England either wins or loses a big match.

Research conducted during the 2010 World Cup demonstrated that when England beat Slovenia 1-0, domestic abuse rose by 27.7 per cent, and when England lost 4-1 to Germany, domestic abuse went up by 31.5 per cent.

Detective Sergeant Smith, of North Wales Police, said: “Whilst it is recognised that the demographic population of North Wales will reflect spectator support from more than just an English contingent, domestic abuse officers will be available at key times including when England compete in the group phases of the competition. Reviews will then take place as the competition progresses.

“The role of the Domestic Abuse Officers will be seen as an opportunity to maximise response to any domestic abuse incident by calling upon their experience and knowledge.”

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