Dangerous play will get you sent off - Domestic violence will get you sent down
Police and local authority partners across Dorset have launched a campaign to tackle violent crime – particularly domestic violence – as the World Cup kicks off.
As part of Operation Protect, which tackles violent crime across the county, Dorset Police, supported by partners in community safety from Dorset Community Safety Partnership (CSP), Safer Poole Partnership and Bournemouth 2026 Partnership, will be running a publicity campaign focusing on domestic violence during the football tournament.
The message is: ‘Dangerous play will get you sent off, domestic violence will get you sent down. If you commit domestic violence, expect a long prison sentence – play by the rules’.
In addition, dedicated police domestic violence response cars staffed by specially-trained officers will be on standby to respond to victims and collect evidence.
There will also be increased police patrols during World Cup games and on summer weekend evenings in town centres such as Bournemouth and Weymouth, to combat alcohol-related violence and provide a reassuring presence to the public.
The publicity campaign has a sporting theme and is aimed at both potential offenders and victims.
The material warns potential offenders that they could lose their jobs and their friends, as well as receiving a prison sentence, if they abuse their partners.
The publicity campaign also encourages victims of domestic violence to report incidents to the police, as the Force has specially trained officers available to support victims and investigate these crimes.
Posters will be displayed in sports clubs and leisure centres, as well as in bars and pubs across the county.
Detective Superintendent Sara Glen said: "We know that domestic violence increased during the last World Cup and it is hoped that by raising awareness of this we may be able to prevent history repeating itself.”
To those who have committed violence against their partners and feel at risk of attacking again, Detective Superintendent Glen said. “This is often increased by excessive drinking. Think about the consequences of your actions and what you can do to stop.
”Domestic violence can be a traumatic and horrific crime. If you’re a victim, report it now – don’t suffer in silence.
“We have specially trained officers available to support victims of domestic violence.
“If you feel at risk, think about what you can do to make yourself safe and ask for help from either the police or voluntary groups.”
For more information on how to get support and advice on domestic violence – see below.
Domestic Violence - where to get help & advice
Dorset Police domestic abuse officers
East Dorset 01202 226089
West Dorset 01305 226547
For non emergency contact 01202 or 01305 222222
In an emergency always dial 999
Christchurch and East Dorset Outreach Project freephone 0800 3284457 (until end June 2010)
Please note that you may have to leave a message on an answer phone but someone will always come back to you.
National Domestic Violence 24 Hour Helpline 0808 2000 247
Childline 0800 1111
The Hideout website - http://www.thehideout.org.uk/
For male victims
Men's Advice Line national helpline 0808 801 0327
For people committing domestic violence
Respect National phone line 0845 122 8609
Support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
Broken Rainbow UK National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline 0300 999 5428 (Mon 2pm-8pm, Weds 10am-1pm, Thurs 2pm-8pm)
Over the Rainbow 01202 257478
Intercom Trust 08456 020818
Free legal advice
National Centre for Domestic Violence 0844 8044 999
Citizen’s Advice Bureaux can also give advice
Broken Rainbow – 01202 257478
E.D.A.S (East Dorset) – 01202 311600
PACT (Poole Addictions Community Team) – 01202 633634
YADAS (Young Adults Drug and Alcohol Addiction Service) Bournemouth - 01202 319191/ Poole – 01202 741414
Poole – 01202 633805
Bournemouth – 01202 451467