Lancashire

Domestic abuse campaign launched in Hyndburn

A man beating a woman
Image caption Reports of domestic violence rose during the 2006 World Cup

A campaign against domestic violence has been launched in part of Lancashire to coincide with the World Cup.

Hyndburn council and Lancashire police will run the "Show domestic violence the red card" campaign in the Hyndburn area during the summer.

Football-themed material, including red cards and posters, will be handed out in pubs, shops and bookmakers.

Reports of domestic violence during the 2006 tournament rose by 31% on England match days, Home Office data shows.

The campaign information will also include contact information for victims of domestic violence.

Councillor Brian Roberts, of Hyndburn Council, said: "We set up the campaign in response to research which shows an alarming rise in incidents during big sporting events, with some key matches sparking a dramatic rise in reports of abuse.

"We want people to enjoy the World Cup whilst doing our utmost to stop the domestic violence which the heightened atmosphere can spark."

Sgt Graham Brownsmith added: "This campaign will send out a clear message that domestic violence is never acceptable and it will never be tolerated in Hyndburn."

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