West Midlands Police highlight domestic violence abuse support - The Solihull Observer

West Midlands Police highlight domestic violence abuse support

Solihull Editorial 18th Jun, 2024   0

THERE’S no excuse for abuse – that’s the message from West Midlands Police who want everyone to enjoy the football this summer.

The UEFA European Football Championship kicked off on Friday and will run until July 14.

Whilst this may be a time of fun and celebration for many, for others, this can be quite a nerve-wracking time.

West Midlands Police said football matches do not cause domestic abuse – but factors such as increased alcohol consumption and heightened emotions during matches can sometimes cause existing domestic abuse to increase in frequency and severity.

West Midlands Police has measures in place to protect victims of domestic abuse and officers will be actively looking to prosecute and hold offenders to account, issuing Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) where appropriate. DVPNs provide short-term protection for domestic abuse victims, by granting temporary respite from their abuser, that allows victims to access and engage with support services without interference.

Detective Superintendent Simon Inglis, the force’s lead for domestic abuse, said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the football this summer and whatever the result of the matches, it’s fine to be happy or disappointed. But it’s not acceptable for you to take any frustrations you may have out on other people around you. There’s never any excuse for abuse.

“We always take robust action against anybody who commits domestic abuse offences in order that we can protect victims, so we’ll be doing all we can to ensure people enjoy the matches in a safe way throughout the tournament.”

PC Catherine Clinton, the football investigation officer for offences against women and girls, also shares her advice here for getting support if you’re concerned about your behaviour and want to change it.

Anyone who has experienced domestic abuse can report it to the police.

In an emergency, call 999.

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