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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Euro 2012 Warning on Domestic Abuse


Cheshire Constabulary is adopting a robust policing approach to domestic abuse during Euro 2012.

Past experience indicates the number of domestic incidents rises during major football tournaments. Many of the incidents are drink-related.

Cheshire′s Assistant Chief Constable, Ruth Purdie said:

"We have recognised for some time that there is a connection between football, alcohol and domestic abuse incidents. It is important that victims feel they can rely on the police for help and support.

"We urge anyone who is a victim of any type of domestic abuse to come forward and report it. "Domestic abuse can involve people from all walks of life and of all ages. Men, women and children can suffer psychological, physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse. Domestic abuse in any form is not acceptable."

"Our specialist officers are trained to assess situations where domestic abuse has been reported. They use their training to determine the most appropriate course of action, and the best way of preventing abuse being repeated. They work closely with other agencies and volunteer bodies to provide support for the victim from the first point of contact, right through the investigation process and during any subsequent court proceedings. The partner agencies are trained and experienced in many aspects of this work and are able to furnish a wide range of guidance and help.

"Officers have the power to intervene, caution, arrest or charge and will use whichever of those powers are necessary. There is no specific crime of domestic abuse but the abuse may involve other types of crime, including attempted murder, rape, assault, false imprisonment, criminal damage and harassment.

"We have the power to impose conditions on a person who is arrested and charged with an offence. We can include conditions about where they live or conditions that stop them from contacting or going near a person or location, or we may apply for a curfew. Anyone who then breaks his or her bail conditions can be arrested and remanded in custody.

"Cheshire Police take domestic abuse seriously. Officers are committed to investigating all reports effectively and will bring offenders to justice and hold them accountable for their actions.

"If you are subject to domestic abuse, report it. Call Cheshire Constabulary on 101. If you find yourself in a situation where you are in immediate danger you should phone 999. Our first priority is to make sure that you and any children are safe. Police officers will come to your home, or wherever the incident has taken place, and will take whatever action is needed to make you safe. If necessary, officers have the power to force entry into your home to protect you. Domestic abuse in any form is not acceptable."

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