A NEW domestic violence campaign called What time is kick-off in your house? is being launched by Derbyshire Police as Euro 2012 begins.
The initiative, which will run throughout the tournament, aims to raise awareness of domestic violence, highlight the consequences to potential perpetrators and encourage victims to come forward as statistics show that during large sporting events, such as international football tournaments, incidents of domestic violence rise.
Throughout Euro 2012, dedicated police teams will be on call to handle domestic incidents, accompanied by Independent Domestic Violence Advocates from Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.
The team will be responding to incidents and offering tailored support to victims.
A poster publicising specific domestic violence help lines will be distributed to pubs and clubs throughout the county as well as to libraries, doctor’s surgeries and sports facilities. Detective Inspector Paul Carrington said: “This campaign aims to raise awareness of domestic violence as it still remains under-reported. “During the matches in which England played at the World Cup in 2010, incidents reported in Derbyshire increased by 25 per cent compared to the same dates in 2009.
“The posters display a helpline for Respect which is an organisation that helps potential perpetrators and also displays the Domestic Abuse Helpline for victims.
“We intend to highlight the power police have when dealing with domestic violence which hopefully, will go a long way towards deterring those who commit such crimes.
“By working with partnership agencies we can offer a joint approach and in turn offer victims more support when reporting this type of crime.”