Domestic violence rose during World Cup matches

Domestic violence calls rose during the matches.

Domestic violence calls rose during the matches.

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Calls to West Yorkshire Police about domestic violence jumped by a third during England’s opening World Cup games.

Officers received 92 calls about domestic abuse during their first game against Italy, an increase of 36 on the previous night. There was a total of 827 emergency calls received over a 12 hour period, many of which were alcohol-fuelled incidents.

Calls also jumped by 30 per cent in their clash with Italy – the match which put England out of the tournament.

Merle Simpson, a police control room supervisor, said: “When I worked during the first England game, although I was prepared for it, I was still shocked that the number of calls increased and that calls about domestic violence increased.

“To victims of domestic violence I would say, any time, 365 days of the year if its ongoing, ring 999. If you want to report it any other time you can ring 101 and a call operator will handle your call as sensitively as possible.”

 

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