Leeds & West Yorkshire

World Cup domestic violence down in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police say there were 694 fewer reports of domestic violence during World Cup 2010 than during the last tournament.

It follows a force-wide campaign during the World Cup period to raise awareness about domestic violence.

However reports of domestic violence had risen in the same 31 day period compared to the previous year, when there was no tournament.

Police said the increase could be down to people drinking earlier and longer.

When England faced Algeria on Friday 18 June police saw a 7% increase in reports up to 208, but when England beat Slovenia 1-0 on Wednesday 23 June, officers received 221 reports - an increase of 18%, against 2009.

Police saw the highest number of reports when England were defeated by Germany on Saturday 27 June with 284 calls.

Successful campaign

Detective Inspector Granville Ward said: "I am pleased to see that victims are coming forward to report incidents of domestic violence and that they can be confident they will get the help and support needed.

"The increases we saw on match days, particularly the Wednesday match against Slovenia, could be down to people drinking earlier in the day and possibly for longer on a day when people would be at work."

Barbara Bennett, Programmes Manager for West Yorkshire Probation Trust Domestic Violence Programme said they were "pleased" with how successful the World Cup campaign was by preventing potential incidents.

The force teamed up with West Yorkshire Probation Trust and Local Authorities to raise awareness of domestic violence, where people can go for help and advice for both victims and perpetrators.

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