Cleveland Police say domestic abuse historically rises during World Cups

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CLEVELAND Police are backing a campaign to send a message on domestic abuse.

The scheme will send out posters and leaflets to hospitals, surgeries, colleges, pubs and clubs during the World Cup.

The message will be that heightened emotion and alcohol are not excuses for domestic abuse.

Superintendent Mark Thornton said: “Nationally there is evidence that the threat of domestic abuse raises during major tournaments.

“Our message is that victims do not have to put up with it.”

They are working alongside NE Women’s Network and Northern Rock Foundation for the project.

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger is backing the campaign.

He said: “We want victims to have the confidence to call us.

“There is no need for people to suffer in silence.”

He also said: “We will continue to offer a long-term outcome for those who need it.”

The can call is 0808 802 4040 or visit www.myharbour.org.uk if you have any concerns during the campaign.