THE SILENT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; Police Receive Reports of Abuse 100 Times a Day

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THE SILENT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; Police Receive Reports of Abuse 100 Times a Day


Byline: JOHN SIDDLE @jsiddle

DOMESTIC violence on Merseyside is reported to police almost 100 times every day.

Over 33,600 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded over the past year.

Despite the worrying numbers, abuse charities believe countless other victims are "suffering in silence".

Police have launched a new campaign ahead of the World Cup, where evidence suggests that abuse against wives, girlfriends and partners spikes in the aftermath of matches.

National research examining the 2010 World Cup revealed a 27.7% rise in domestic abuse when the England team won a game and 31.5% when they lost.

Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan, from Merseyside Police's protecting vulnerable people unit, told the ECHO: "During a World Cup, people may drink more than they would otherwise. Because of that, we believe there is a heightened risk of domestic abuse and violence.

Join the Facebook book.com/ "Increased drinking is the main factor but it could be pressures of family life coupled with the disappointment of a match. Some people are really into sport and a bad result may really affect them."

Merseyside Police has embraced new laws enabling them to confront violent partners.

Known as "Clare's Law" - following the murder of Clare Wood in Manchester in 2009 at the hands of her new partner, who had three previous convictions for harassment offences which she had not known about - the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme gives someone in a relationship "the right to ask" for information from various agencies, including the police. …

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