World Cup Domestic Violence Campaign Launched in Dorset
10:16am 12th June 2014
Dorset Police has told us, they'll be targeting serial perpetrators of domestic abuse, during the period over the World Cup.
Research shows domestic violence rises at the height of big sporting events.
Specially trained officers are going to be carrying out extra checks on vulnerable victims and known offenders over the football tournament.
Dorset Detective Inspector Richard Dixie told us the Force won't tolerate the violence:
"We'll be targeting the serial perpetrators of domestic abuse, reminding them that domestic abuse is an extremely serious offense and that if they commit acts of domestic abuse they can expect to be prosecuted and given a prison sentence."
"Along with our own experienced and specially-trained officers who investigate these offences, we also work in close partnership with other support agencies who can also offer support, advice and guidance."
"Alcohol can play a part in domestic abuse. Please ensure you do not become a perpetrator as the result of excessive drinking."
Detective Dixie says the crackdown has worked well in the past:
"It's a very successful tactic, we find that victims respond very well to it and often take up the offers of support and guidance. Also targeting offenders is a very effective tactic, letting offenders know what we're about with regard to offending."
"I strongly encourage anybody suffering from this awful crime to report it and seek help."
For more information on support services available throughout Dorset click here. There's also a handy list of contact numbers below.
Dorset Police (In an emergency always dial 999) 101
National Support for Victims:
National DV Helpline (24 hour) 0808 2000247
National Men's Advice Line (for male victims) 0808 8010327
Local Support for victims
Bournemouth Outreach Service 01202 209456
Bournemouth 24 hour helpline 01202 547755
Poole Outreach Service 01202 710777
Poole 24 hour helpline 01202 74848
You First (Dorset County Outreach) 0800 0325204
Childline (for children) 0800 1111