Cleveland Police and partner agencies are supporting a national campaign aimed at sending out a clear message on domestic abuse throughout the World Cup period.
Officers will be distributing posters and leaflets to hospitals, surgeries, colleges, pubs and clubs to deliver the message that the consumption of alcohol coupled with heightened emotions during this period is no excuse for domestic abuse.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger is backing the campaign. He said: "We want victims to have the confidence to call us - there is no need for anyone to suffer in silence.
"One of my main priorities is to ensure the strategy implemented earlier this year by the Police and Crime Commissioners in Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria, NE Women’s Network and Northern Rock Foundation continues to reach those affected by domestic abuse. With the networks and specialist services available we will continue to offer a long-term outcome for those who need it."
Superintendent Mark Thornton said: "Nationally there is evidence that the threat of domestic abuse increases with major tournaments. Our message to victims is that they do not have to put up with domestic abuse. There are many agencies working in partnership to offer their support, and we have specially trained officers who can help those directly affected."
Leaflets are also available from all police offices and partner agencies. For more information on how to get support and advice on domestic abuse – visit any of the following websites:
Please note, Harbour also runs perpetrator programmes covering all of the Cleveland Police area.
Posted on Tuesday 10th June 2014