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28 May 2010, 05:50
Cambridgeshire Police have begun an anti-domestic violence campaign, designed to stop thugs abusing their partners during the World Cup.
New Home Office figures show reports of domestic violence went up by 25% when England played at the last World Cup in 2006.
The aim of Cambridgeshire Police's campaign is to encourage victims to report incidents during this year's tournament in South Africa to them.
The force is promising to take each victim seriously and provide support.
Acting Detective Inspector Chris Balmer, from the force's public protection department said there was ''no excuse'' for domestic violence.
He said: ''Sadly there are still people suffering domestic abuse - whether it be mental, physical or emotional - and we know there can be a link to football.
'Perpetrators might try to convince themselves that they are being violent towards the victim because they are angry about a poor result.
'Actually it's just a pathetic attempt to excuse totally unpardonable behaviour. There is no excuse for any form of domestic violence and it will not be tolerated.
Victims should not suffer in silence. We will take their reports seriously, work with them and take positive action.''
Useful contact numbers:
Cambridgeshire Police - 0345 456 456 4
National Domestic Violence Hotline - 0808 2000 247