Police warn against World Cup violence

Domestic Violence is expected to rise by around 30 percent across Somerset England World Cup match days.

During the 2006 World Cup, the highest number of offences for the period between 1 June and 10 July in the force area took place on 1 July, when England crashed out of the World Cup on penalties.

The police say other factors, such as the fact it was a Saturday and a sunny day and people had been drinking, have also been linked to an increase in domestic abuse and are likely to have contributed to this spike.

But they say offences like domestic abuse will be taken very seriously and those responsible will be prosecuted wherever possible.

During the World Cup, police will also be targeting anti-social behaviour and other drink-related crimes, such as violence and vandalism.

They have launched a series of posters to underline this no-tolerance policy, which will be displayed in pubs, off licences and, in the case of the posters relating to domestic violence, in community centres and doctors' surgeries.

In line with the latest national guidance, police will also be visiting known offenders and victims of domestic abuse to offer help and support to victims and to remind offenders of the steps police can take if necessary.

Det Insp Dave Grimstead, of the Avon and Somerset Police Public Protection Unit, said: "There is no excuse for domestic violence. Offenders cannot blame having too much to drink, or a football team winning or losing, for their own actions. We will be taking any reports of domestic abuse very seriously and making arrests whenever necessary."

To contact Avon and Somerset Police call 0845 456 7000. In an emergency call 999.

For help and support with domestic violence

Women's aid national domestic violence helpline - 0345 023 468   (This service can give you support, help and information. They will discuss the practical and legal options available, and if you wish, refer you to a local Women's Aid refuge and advice service, or other sources of help. Lines open 10am to 5pm Mon to Fri.)

Victim Support - 0845 3030 900  (Provides information and support to victims of all recorded crimes, including domestic violence, harassment and sexual crimes. Callers can be referred to their local Victim Support Scheme which may be able to provide further help. Lines open 9am to 9pm Mon to Fri. 9am to 7pm Weekends. 9am to 5pm Bank Holidays.)

Refuges 24-hour national crisis line - 0990 995 443 

Samaritans - 0345 909090